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Here’s to Your Health: 12 Simple Investments for a Healthier You

Investing in your health doesn’t have to be painful. Living a healthier lifestyle happens with each small step you take – no matter what the focus. Over time, each step will move you closer to your health goals – and often will lead to even more healthy behavior choices in…

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The Importance of Daily Activity

Americans are becoming increasingly more sedentary. At our jobs, what were once physical tasks are becoming more automated and many of us spend eight to 10 hours a day seated in front of a computer. For our children, lack of activity is just as bad. Not only have gym classes…

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Staying Cool Under Fire: Mental Health Tips for Firefighters

Dr. Stephen Odom, President, CEO & Chief Clinical Officer, New Vista Behavioral Health For those in the fire and rescue field, traumatic events are par for the course. While it can be rewarding to help those in need, that work can take a toll. Maintaining good mental health is essential…

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Staying Cool Under Pressure: Mental Health Tips for Firefighters

Dr. Stephen Odom, President, CEO & Chief Clinical Officer, New Vista Behavioral Health For those in the fire and rescue field, traumatic events are par for the course. While it can be rewarding to help those in need, that work can take a toll. Maintaining good mental health is essential…

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Stop Poisoning Yourself!

By Richard Russotti, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Starting and maintaining a fitness program is a lot like being a firefighter ... both can be difficult. While firefighters rely on their solid knowledge of building construction, hydraulics and fire behavior, the world of fitness and dieting is full of conflicting…

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Serving Strong Means Focusing on Health

Firefighters juggle a lot of responsibilities, but one area they often lose focus on is their health. Unfortunately, this can lead to tragic consequences. How many reports have you seen of a firefighter having a heart attack while on-duty or a firefighter diagnosed with cancer? Odds are you probably know…

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Physical Strength, Mental Toughness and Moral Focus: Your Personal 360

By Chief Marc Bashoor There are common threads to operational and mortal issues affecting the fire service and firefighter growth and development. Similar to the operational 360 that we should all be using to size-up fire scenes, let's take a look at our own personal 360. I’m not talking about…

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Why Firefighters Need to Practice Self-Care Before Caring for Others

By Lieutenant Brad Bouchillon, Statesboro (GA) Fire Department Can you name one machine that doesn’t require maintenance? I can’t. There might be one (I’m a firefighter, not a machinist), but for the most part, all the equipment we operate requires regular maintenance. Fire apparatus requires constant upkeep ranging from oil…

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Are You a Tactical Athlete?

You may have heard the term “tactical athlete” a lot recently. The term itself is not confined to the fire service and firefighters but other high-risk professions such as the military. The United States Marine Corp (U.S.M.C.) defines a “tactical athlete” as an individual who trains for combat readiness using…

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Firefighter Health and Fitness: A Comprehensive Approach

Dedicating yourself to a lifestyle of health and fitness is more than just “working out.” As a firefighter, you owe it to your co-workers, community, and family to make sure you are fit for duty. In addition to physical training, proper attention to rest and recovery, hydration, and nutrition plays…

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