A Clinic and Tech-Based Diet and Fitness Intervention for Volunteer Firefighters

Principal Investigator: Sara Anne Jahnke

The US fire service serves as the front line of defense against any domestic emergency and volunteer firefighters (VFF) comprise the majority of firefighters. Unfortunately rates of overweight and obesity are at epidemic proportions among VFFs and cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of line of duty deaths. Moreover few resources tailored to the unique culture and needs of firefighters are available to help occupational medicine physicians who provide their fitness for duty examinations. This project will engage firefighters and occupational medicine clinicians in tailoring an internet/mobile intervention and pilot test the program with a sample of VFFs with the goal to prepare and launch a national randomized clinical trial.

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