As Gordon Graham says, predictable is preventable. We know firefighters are at higher risk for cancer. Homes and the stuff inside them are increasingly made with non-natural materials that give off carcinogens when they combust. That being known, there is action YOU can take to stay healthy. It’s not rocket science: stay in good physical shape, rest enough, and eat right. We know, easier said than done. Who among us hasn’t been up on the medic all night or been called in overnight on short notice? But, for your family’s sake, you have to try.
- Wellness and Fitness Programs : IAFF Wellness-Fitness Initiative
- Annual Fitness Evaluations: Recommended Fire Fighter Annual Healthcare Screening Tests
- Sleep Hygiene and Education: Harvard Medical School’s “Fatigue Management in First Responders”
- Proper Nutrition: Harvard University’s Dr. Stefanos Kales’ “Feeding America’s Bravest” and the Mediterranean Diet