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If you don’t make time for wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness

Firefighters are aware of the statistics linking firefighter deaths to preventable diseases and illnesses caused by unhealthy lifestyles. One of the leading causes of firefighter deaths is heart attacks. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Bringing answers to the modern firefighter’s burning health questions, we aim to help firefighters identify and put into practice better health choices to increase your chances at a healthier wellbeing with disease and illness free careers and retirements.

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Making a Habit of Post Fire Skin Decontamination

Good habits can be hard to build. Bad habits can be even harder to break. A habit is much more likely to stick if it takes less than two minutes to accomplish. 

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HOW TO KEEP SUCCESS WITHIN YOUR REACH

By John Hofman Allow yourself room for error. Life happens and mistakes occur. If you want to learn about success, talk to successful people. If you want to learn about failure, talk to very successful people. Goal setting is a common theme around this time of the year. Many of us use the entry of […]

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IT’S ABOUT YOUR HEART

By John Hofman According to a study performed at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, three hours of prolonged firefighting stiffens arteries and impairs heart function in young healthy male firefighters. So what does that mean to you? Ok, let’s not all panic just yet, but rather break this information down to see how we help […]

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RELEASING RESENTMENT

Everyone knows that resentment ruins your mindset. But did you know it can also wreak havoc on your physical body? Nelson Mandela said that resentment is like drinking poison yourself, but expecting your enemies to die from it. Resentment is never a good feeling to carry around, yet we’ve all experienced it in some capacity […]

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THE WEAKNESS IN YOUR ARMOUR

You know you need to put in the work, but it’s hard taking orders from someone other than your chief. Injuries and firefighting — these two things go hand-in-hand. From overexertion to strains and sprains and other debilitating injuries, a job in the fire service is risky business. Even with the best efforts, well-developed operating […]

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HOT FLASHES IN THE HOT ZONE: FIREFIGHTING AND MENOPAUSE

Prioritizing one’s health is critical when navigating the rough waters of menopause. Menopause is rarely a topic of discussion around the firehall, but it’s a biological transition that all female firefighters face. While saving lives on the frontlines, female firefighters are going through “the change of life” — and for some, this can include debilitating […]

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GRUMPY OLD MAN SYNDROME

Ever wonder why some firefighters are grumpy and appear that they aren’t having fun anymore? Getting old sucks, it’s true that grumpy old man syndrome is a real thing. Don’t be its next victim. In the 1993 comedy Grumpy Old Men, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau play the characters of John Gustafson and Max Goldman, neighbors […]

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DO HAPPY FIREFIGHTERS LIVE LONGER?

It’s clear that happiness positively impacts your physical health and longevity, so how do you maintain a happy life? You’ve probably heard repeatedly that to be a healthy firefighter, you need to eat well and stay fit. But are there other factors that can make or break your longevity? What about your happiness levels? Does […]

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THE ANTI-SNORING MOVEMENT

Not sure if you have sleep apnea? Just ask around the fire hall. Firefighters are a lot of things, one thing they most definitely are not is sympathetic to the person snoring through the little rest they get. More and more firefighters are using sleep apnea machines at work. This suggests that there is a […]

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WHAT IS LOW T AND WHY DO YOU CARE?

The goal of treatment is to reverse the symptoms of low-T and to restore testosterone levels to the normal with minimal side effects. Picture this… it’s Saturday night hockey. You’ve got your snacks and are hanging with the guys. While waiting for the game to start, an ad flashes across the screen about low testosterone […]

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UNDERSTANDING THE MANLY HORMONE: HOW TESTOSTERONE LEVELS AFFECT MEN’S QUALITY OF LIFE

Alarming signs of the flame weakening include lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction, diminished facial hair growth, loss of lean muscle mass, fatigue, obesity and symptoms of depression. Basic knowledge in biology tells us testosterone is the primary male sex hormone made in the testicles and adrenal glands. Testosterone aids in producing sperm, making new blood cells, […]

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COMBINING INTERMITTENT FASTING WITH FIREFIGHTING

We’re all unique, and what works best for one person may not work for another. Intermittent fasting is a style of eating that’s gained popularity in recent years. It’s a style of eating where you eat in a small window of time and fast for a larger period of time. But, is intermittent fasting a […]

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3 WAYS TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL FAT

As a firefighter, the health of your heart is vital for a long-lasting career. The constant physical demands of the job means that a firefighter’s heart is often working overtime. Because of that, it’s that much more important to make sure that every firefighter watches their LDL cholesterol levels (aka the “bad” cholesterol). Let’s talk […]

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DON’T BLOW A PUMP

High blood pressure (or hypertension) has been on the rise for some time, to the extent that some experts have identified a looming health crisis. The figures have only gotten worse in the last 15 years so that 1 in 3 Americans now have hypertension. When you have high blood pressure, it’s a result of […]

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EMOTIONAL BALANCING ACT

Can sadness make your body sick? Can happiness cure your ailments? Understanding how your emotions affect your body can be the difference between sickness and health. Sadness is one of the most recognized and relatable emotions that humans can experience. No matter whether there’s a specific event that puts the rest of your day into […]

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5 POSITIVE EFFECTS OF OCD

You may not enjoy having to open and close the front door seven times before you leave the house. But being diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder doesn’t have to be all bad. Anyone living with a mental health disorder understands how stigmatizing a diagnosis can be. There’s the question of what — or even IF […]

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION UNDER STRESSFUL SITUATIONS

Many people identify stress as one of the key drawbacks of their jobs, and those people would be right. As firefighters, we’re no strangers to stress. Stress can keep us up at night, increase anxiety, affect relationships and diminish enjoyment of life. But, did you know that stress can be an ally? It’s true. Stress […]

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HOW POOR SLEEP AFFECTS YOUR CAREER

Sleep deprivation increases the stress hormone cortisol in firefighters. Researchers Rucas and Miller found that sleep-deprived firefighters became more impulsive with their decision-making. A restful night’s sleep is something we often take for granted. We spend nearly one-third of our lives or about eight hours per night sleeping. Researchers are puzzled about the exact role that sleep plays in our lives. But […]

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5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR MEMORY

Keeping your memory sharp is just as important as your physical health and well-being. How you live, what you eat and drink and how you treat your body can impact your ability to remember information and past experiences. As a firefighter, one of your most important pieces of equipment is your memory. You use it […]

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CREATIVITY FROM WITHIN

If you ever feel as though your workplace is not nurturing your creativity or allowing you to become creative, essentially, it is because the workplace cannot provide it. These days, workplaces are putting a greater significance in trying to unlock the creative potential of their employees to both increase productivity and ‘get the edge’ on […]

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