Since you’re reading this blog I know you care about your health and fitness. From talking with many firefighters like you over the years, I know that one frustration is feeling like your fellow firefighters don’t care about theirs.
Well I want to challenge you to try out a different perspective – because another thing I know, having taught countless firefighters about health, is that firefighters don’t want to admit that they don’t exactly know how to get in great shape and avoid chronic conditions.
Sure we all know to “eat right and exercise,” but that’s not specific enough. For example, do you think all your peers could list the 6 risk factors for heart attack? Could they describe the 3 most important exercises to do to prevent a back injury? Do they know the number of minutes per week that they should exercise to avoid cancer? Probably not. If this were all common sense then I wouldn’t have been able to study it for 11 years to earn my PhD.
Firefighters are competitive and have egos. They don’t want to show their weak areas. If they don’t appear to be taking care of themselves it is not likely because they don’t care to, it’s because they’re not going to ask for help or accept instruction from one of their peers.
You always need the right tool
They need to be taught, by someone who is not their peer, exactly what to do to lose the weight, get back in shape, and live long enough to meet their grandchildren. They need a step-by-step tutorial, and they need the person delivering it to understand a firefighter’s work and home life. They need to be motivated to make a change by learning something shocking (like the fact that firefighters who have high blood pressure are 12 times more likely to die on the job) – that’s what we call a “cue to action.”
A program that can deliver on all these needs is my Firefighter Wellness Training, described below. If you’re thinking “oh, we already have a Wellness Program,” stop because that’s not what this is. This is the one part of a comprehensive Wellness Program that will make the whole program work. If you don’t have a Wellness program, this is the best first step, and the most important part to get in place.
With this program you get:
- 21 classes on the 5 topics that affect firefighters’ health the most: Nutrition, Weight loss, Exercise, Heart Health and Back Health. PLUS a bonus back injury prevention workshop. The classes are each 20-30 minutes long; grouped into 5 modules. They are online, and therefore can be viewed anywhere. Each class concludes with specific action steps. Click here to see a preview of one class.
- A worksheet for each class so firefighters can show completion and competency.
- 4 more worksheets for firefighters to develop a Personal Action Plan to 1) lose weight, 2) reduce their blood pressure, 3) improve their cholesterol, 4) improve their blood glucose
- Consulting with me. If you need help implementing the program and ensuring it’s success, you can call on me to help. So you get to access my extensive knowledge in firefighter wellness programming at no extra charge.
To learn more about the program including testimonials, how it helps you meet NFPA 1583, and the investment, click here.