*Stay tuned for a new IAFF nutrition challenge starting September 1, 2020.*

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives.

Exercise, good nutrition and stress management are all critical for fire fighters and emergency medical personnel to stay well and continue responding in their communities.

Given the added stress during this time, we continue to provide resources to support the health and resilience of our members.

Because health and resilience are at the forefront with increased demands both on duty and at home, we have expanded the campaign to include movement, nutrition, wellness, resilience, sleep and many other topics, collaborating with other health and wellness subject matter experts, including IAFF Peer Fitness and Fire Ground Survival instructors, IAFF Health and Safety staff and a medical professional.

What You Can Expect:
• Daily posts on a wide range of topics to support your health and resilience.
• Weekly interviews with experts in fire fighter wellness and resilience.
• Real-life strategies and tips to support you right now.

How to Participate
To participate in the Fire Fighter Resilience – For Health, For Life, For Real campaign, you must join the IAFF Nutrition Facebook group.

Please invite other IAFF members to join this group. Together, we can begin sharing the importance of fire fighter health, nutrition, movement and resilience.

The over-abundance of nutrition advice can be confusing to anyone looking to make change. The IAFF recognizes the need for clear recommendations that fit the uniqueness of the fire service and created this nutrition campaign to support our members.

The Importance of Nutrition for Fire Fighters

The leading causes of death for fire fighters are cancer and heart disease. The risks are high and the connection between chronic and preventable disease associated with poor nutrition and obesity are well-documented.

In an effort to reduce these preventable deaths and diseases, the IAFF developed a campaign to bring awareness to the importance of nutrition and its role in fire fighter health. This campaign will engage our members in creating and maintaining healthy eating habits that support fire fighter training, work demands, fitness goals and long-term health.

Our Philosophy

Eat for Health.

We want our members equipped to make choices that will protect their long-term health and prevent disease. Using research-based recommendations, Eat for Health guides members through making the connection between dietary choices and health status. This is foundational for lasting change.

Eat for Life.

The physical, emotional and mental demands of a career in the fire service are tedious. There is research to suggest that what we eat may affect not just our physical health, but also our mental health and wellbeing. Quality nutrition practices that support balance at work and home are essential. Learning to Eat for Life, our members learn to feed their bodies to perform well under strenuous conditions. We provide information to support training, fitness goals and recovery for both on and off duty.​

Eat for Real.

The fire service has its own unique culture and food is a central component of it. The IAFF promotes healthy choices with a balanced lifestyle, helping members Eat for Real. Understanding how food works allows members the freedom to choose based on personal preferences that support individual goals. This leads to long-term success.

For more information, email [email protected].

Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is for general education purposes only and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical conditions. Check with your health practitioner before making diet and lifestyle changes.

Lisa Desilet, MS, recently partnered with the IAFF to lead the design and launch of this fire fighter specific nutrition campaign for IAFF members across the U.S. and Canada.

Lisa is a nutrition expert for fire fighters and their families who want to live and eat well.

She takes a real-life approach to nutrition, and as the wife of a fire fighter (Boise, ID Local 149 Captain Phil Desilet) with three kids, she understands that the fire service has its own unique culture and that the physical, emotional and mental demands of a career in the fire service can be tedious.

Lisa believes that quality nutrition practices that support balance at work and home are essential. Her nutrition advice promotes healthy, realistic eating — both on and off duty.

See Lisa’s website and Facebook page (@lisadesiletms) for more information about her unique approach to wellness and nutrition.

Smart Carbs


The New IAFF Nutrition Campaign

One Small Thing

Functional Nutrition in the Fire Service, Part 2: Meatloaf Recipe

I Need to Eat Better

Healthy Fats

Let's Talk Vegetables

Functional Nutrition in the Fire Service, Part 1: An Introduction to Fire Fighter Nutrition

A Functional Approach to Food

Functional Nutrition in the Fire Service, Part 3: Smoothie Recipe

Whole, Real Food

For more information, contact [email protected]

International Association of Fire Fighters
Attn: Health and Safety Division
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006