Fire Fighters and emergency personnel can’t afford to neglect their own health and safety.

It’s National Public Health Week and a good time to remember the importance of taking care of yourselves while busy taking care of others.

Good health starts at home. Fewer than 15 percent of adults eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day.

Nutrition and fitness are essential, and the IAFF has many resources to help members maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The IAFF’s Menu Planner is an excellent source for nutrition tips and recipes. Find out how you can add more fruits and vegetables to your diet with these healthy recipes.

High blood pressure is one of the contributing factors to heart disease-related deaths among fire fighters. The United States Fire Administration’s 2012 report, “Firefighter Fatalities in the United

States,” found that 48 fire fighters died due to a heart attack during the previous year.

The IAFF has created a resource for fire fighters and their families to better understand the risks associated with high blood pressure and how to better manage it.

An annual medical exam and daily exercise are also important for maintaining good health.