Having 10 years of experience as a first responder and 5 years of experience in the military, I am acutely aware of the health challenges that come with this type of career. Long hours, odd shifts, and sitting and/or standing for prolonged periods are just a few factors that make it difficult to find time to eat properly, exercise, and identify healthy options. Having to eat something quickly or barely finishing your meal and coming home exhausted, especially after dealing with people at their worst and not having a release of your own, only adds more stress, which increases your risk of disease and even cancer (not to mention belly fat!).
Health Coaching for First Responders
Research has shown that offenders are more reluctant to assault and/or kill an officer if the officer looks fit, is alert, and acts professionally. Officers who are overweight are more likely to sustain serious injuries and miss more work days. Not only can a healthy lifestyle help you stay alert and energized throughout your shift, it can help you live a longer and higher quality of life in general, and even save your life and/or someone else’s life.