Steps for Getting Healthy

Being a first responder isn’t an easy job. You wake up in the middle of the night, leave early from important events, and make many other sacrifices to keep your community safe. You know that you need to be ready whenever the next call comes in – and that you have to be at your physical and mental best to tackle the challenges at hand.

Often times the hardest part of adopting a healthy lifestyle is simply getting started. But there are simple steps you can take to help you achieve your goals and lay the groundwork for healthy living in the long-term. The rewards are worth it. Exercising, eating right, maintaining your ideal weight, and managing your heart-health risk factors will make you feel better overall and enhance your quality of life. Living healthy can also help improve your performance as a firefighter, increase your energy, decrease your stress level, and sleep better.

Whether you are getting healthy on your own or implementing a department health and wellness program, the steps and resources in this section can help you get on the path towards good health so you can be at your best both on and off the job. Remember, when it comes to your health, you’re always on duty.

Step One: Understand the Risks

Step Two: Get Support

Step Three: Make a Plan

Step Four: Take Action

Step Five: Live Life

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