As a junior firefighter, you are preparing for a lifetime of involvement in a physically demanding field. The choices you make can benefit you now and in the future. Why? Because healthy habits, including eating right and being physically active, can help you feel good, look good, and do your best in school, work, junior firefighting, and sports. Starting healthy habits now might also help you prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke, and some cancers when you are older.
Now is the time to take charge of your health. Making even small changes for the better will help you look and feel your best!
Utilize these resources to help you get started:
- NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program – information, resources, and tips on firefighter health and wellness
- Junior Firefighter Fitness Videos: Focusing on health and safety today creates a healthier fire service in the future. This video series from the National Volunteer Fire Council's National Junior Firefighter Program shows simple exercises that can be done around the station. Teenagers' specific fitness needs were taken into consideration. (Remember to consult a physician before engaging in a new exercise program.)
- Dumbbell Squat
- Over Unders
- Teen Health: MedlinePlus - resources and information on adolescent health
- GirlsHealth.gov - site created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Kids & Teens section - food safety and nutrition information for kids and teens
- Let's Move! - aiming to end childhood obesity in the United States
- Body and Mind - information for youth from the CDC