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Taking care of yourself while caring for others

Fire fighters and emergency medical personnel are in the business of caring for others and often neglect their own health and safety. This EMS1.com video discusses why first responders should play a more active role in taking care of their health.

Nutrition and fitness are essential, and the IAFF has plenty of resources that can help members maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The IAFF’s Menu Planner is an excellent source for nutrition tips and recipes.  Find out how you can add more fruits and vegetables to your diet with these healthy recipes.


High blood pressure is one of the contributing factors to heart disease related deaths among fire fighters. The IAFF has created a resource for fire fighters and their families to better understand the risks associated with high blood pressure and how to better manage high blood pressure.

High levels of stress, intense physical demands, arduous work and short- and long-term exposure to chemicals and infectious disease contribute to heart disease, lung disease and cancer, which are the three leading causes of death and occupational disease disability among fire fighters.
The IAFF stresses the importance of prevention, early detection and treatment of disease. The Fire Service Joint Labor-Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) is a holistic, positive rehabilitating and educational approach to wellness and fitness programs in the fire service. The

WFI includes annual medical evaluations, fitness evaluations, injury and medical rehabilitation and behavioral health assistance. Visit the WFI Resource site for the tools to help implement the WFI in your fire department.

 

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