This is National Firefighter Health Week – August 14 – 20
Sunday, August 14th kicked off National Firefighter Health Week, a time for you and your department to focus on your health and take the steps necessary to stay strong for life.
This year’s theme is “When it comes to your health, you’re always on duty.”
Each day this week has a special focus topic to help you take the steps you need to get and stay healthy. These include identifying your health risks as a first responder, creating a support system, making a health and wellness plan, putting that plan into action, and continuing a healthy lifestyle in the long term. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) will be sending out a daily email throughout the week with tips and tools to help you make the most out of that day’s focus topic.
The National Firefighter Health Week Resource Center contains additional tools and information, daily activity ideas, promotional materials, tips, podcasts, and more to help you and your department participate. Visit www.healthy-firefighter.org/healthweek.
The NVFC will be hosting two health and wellness webinars this week. Register to attend at https://nvfc.webex.com by clicking on Upcoming Sessions. Both webinars are free and last approximately 1 hour, but space is limited so register now!
Webinar on Heat Stress – Choosing the Right PPE
Sponsored by TECGEN
Monday, August 15 at 2 pm Eastern
Understand the physiology of heat stress and how the total heat loss rating of your PPE applies to real world situations.
Webinar on Obesity in the Fire Service
Friday, August 19 at 2 pm Eastern
First responders face many threats to their health and safety, but heart disease remains the number one cause of on-duty deaths. Obesity is a major contributor to heart disease, yet the extent of its effect on the fire service remains largely unknown. The NVFC has partnered with the HOPE Health Research Institute to study obesity in the fire service. Learn about the findings outlined in the study along with recommendations to combat obesity and improve overall health.
Five Six Flags theme parks are also providing a special discount to first responders and their family and friends this week. Learn more and find participating parks at www.healthy-firefighter.org/sixflags.
National Firefighter Health Week 2011 is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. It is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific, Six Flags, and TECGEN.