June is Men’s Health Month and this week has been declared Men’s Health week. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today released its annual Firefighter Fatality Report. The report shows a total of 72 on-duty firefighter deaths occurred in the United States in 2010 compared to 105 in 2008 and 82 in 2009. Unfortunately the number of cardiac related LODDs has remained steady for the last 6 years.

High levels of stress, intense physical demands, arduous work and short and long-term exposure to chemicals and infectious disease contribute to heart disease, lung disease and cancer, which are the three leading causes of death and occupational disease disability.

The IAFF wants to remind you of the importance of prevention, early detection and treatment of disease.

The Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness/Fitness Initiative (WFI) is a holistic, positive rehabilitating and educational approach to wellness and fitness programs in the fire service. The WFI includes, annual medical evaluations, fitness evaluations, injury and medical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Visit the WFI Resource site for the tools you need to assist you in implement the WFI in your department.

For additional tools to assist you during Men’s Health Week and throughout the year, visit our Fit To Survive site. Here you will find expert advice and practical information on staying fit and healthy including our daily Menu Planner for making healthy meals and the FTS On The Run Quizzes to help you make a healthier choice when eating on the run.