Firefighter Fitness Program Encourages Healthy Habits
Mansfield Magazine: What is the firefighters fitness program?
Holland: One afternoon following a workout, my firefighters were discussing ways to be more involved with the community we serve. The idea was something that encompassed exercise and proactive health awareness in a friendly way open to everyone.
Holland: I became involved because my guys were interested in developing the program; I just provided a little direction on the administrative side of things.
Holland: I don't know that much has changed. Our first walk was small, maybe a dozen people, beginning at Fire Station 4 and lasting about a mile and a half. Our future walks will be in and through different neighborhoods, hopefully with an increase in participation each time.
Holland: I think if we can get more folks on board, leading healthier lifestyles, that will be an improvement. We also provide free blood pressure checks and EKGs to participants. Our Citizen's Fire Academy Alumni Association also helps us out and I would like to see increased exposure for them and the services they provide not only the fire department, but also the community.
For more information, contact the fire department by visiting https://www.mansfieldtexas.gov/fire-department.