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Challenge Idea: National Firefighter Health Week 2011

This August, challenge your whole department to begin or revitalize your health and wellness program during the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) fifth annual National Firefighter Health Week, August 14-20. This national event was created to encourage first responders to focus on their wellbeing and raise awareness about the health and safety issues that affect you as a first responder.

This year, National Firefighter Health Week has expanded to a full seven days, including a special event day on Saturday, August 20. Take advantage of the many resources and tools available at www.healthy-firefighter.org/healthweek to get your department members involved and plan a special event for your department or community on August 20.

Plan a heart-healthy department luncheon or host a healthy fundraiser – try a spaghetti dinner with whole wheat pasta and turkey meatballs, for example. Organize a fitness day for your department, and invite your families to get involved. Schedule a health screening event with a local healthcare facility. Coordinate a family activity day at one of five participating Six Flags  theme parks. Utilize the resources for promoting your department’s Health Week activities in the community, including a customizable press release, web banners, and even a sponsorship toolkit for getting local businesses to support your health and wellness initiatives. Use this day to make yourself, your department, and your community more aware of the health risks that firefighters face all year long.

Challenge Rules:
1. Review the tips, ideas, and information in the National Firefighter Health Week Resource Center.
2. Organize a department activity for Saturday, August 20, and encourage all of your department members to get involved and spread the word.
3. You have successfully completed the challenge if at least 75 percent of your department members participate in your National Firefighter Health Week special event.

Find tips and ideas for getting funding for your Health Week activities and your department’s health and wellness program here. For more information about Health Week, visit www.heatlhy-firefighter.org/healthweek.

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