Health & Safety

NVFC: Heart-Healthy News – Attack: Take Action

This week during National Firefighter Health Week the NVFC will share tips and tools to help you get the most out of the daily health topics.

The five focus topics this year include identifying your health risks, creating support systems, making a plan, taking action, and living a healthy life in the long-term.

Thursday, August 18 – ATTACK: Take Action

At the fire scene, once you have an understanding of the situation, resources that are readily available to you, and your plan drawn out, you take action. The same is true when you are working towards reaching your health goals. Now that the foundation is in place, it is time to make health and wellness a priority within your department, home, and lifestyle.

Here are some things that you can do today to start taking action:

  • Get the ball rolling by developing new department sports teams and fitness clubs, then circulate or post sign-up sheets and schedules. Don’t forget to see if any neighboring departments will also organize teams in preparation to compete with yours.
  • Implement the Fired Up For Fitness Challenge, an interactive fitness program that allows firefighters and emergency personnel to log their activity hours and receive motivational rewards as they achieve fitness goals.
  • Create some friendly competition within the department while promoting health and fitness by developing and implementing monthly health and fitness challenges where you can recognize or reward monthly winners in any number of ways. For example, provide monthly winners with a parking space that reads “Reserved for The Healthy First Responder of The Month,” or simply recognize them at an upcoming meeting.
  • Post informational sheets throughout your department or home that will keep health at the front of your mind. For example, post the physical activity calorie use chart or the MyPlate food choice icon, or use material from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program’s tip sheet archive
  • Promote healthy eating by learning about nutritional foods and recipes. The NVFC has published the Heart-Healthy Firefighters Cookbook and also offers other resources for nutrition on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter web site.

Resources for August 18:
“ATTACK: Take Action” Tools and Resources (NVFC)
Fired Up for Fitness Challenge (NVFC)
Health and Wellness Advocate Workshop (NVFC)
Fitness and Nutrition Demonstration Videos (NVFC) Health and Wellness Section
FireRescue1: Health and Wellness Section
Keep the Beat Heart Healthy Recipes (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) 

Remember to register for tomorrow’s webinar on Obesity in the Fire Service. Go to and click on Upcoming Sessions.

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.