With musculoskeletal injuries and issues accounting for the largest number of missed working days across the UK’s fire services, The Fire Fighters Charity has this week launched a new awareness programme to help fire and rescue service personnel, past and present, to look after their hard-working joints.
Taking an in-depth look into the health of the fire community’s joints and some of its most common issues, the three-month programme will see the Charity publish a broad range of multimedia content to its fire-focused wellbeing and social portal, My Fire Fighters Charity (MyFFC).
Created by the Charity’s expert practitioner teams, this library of fire-specific information will include articles, films, exercise tutorials, recipes and nutrition advice, real-life stories, infographics and podcasts, covering everything from back care and pain management, to Tai Chi and sleep. Exclusively available to registered users of MyFFC, the Charity’s new portal will allow users to interact with the content, join discussions, ask questions of the experts, take part in surveys and access further support.
Sharon Bailey, Director of Beneficiary Services at The Fire Fighters Charity, said of the newly launched programme: ‘Over the next three months, we’re going to be focusing on healthy joints and providing everyone across our community – serving personnel, those who have retired and families – with a wide range of resources to help ensure that they are aware of the importance of good bone health and of the simple things they can do to look after their bones and joints throughout their lives.’
Exploring issues that affect individuals’ mental health, as well as their physical health, the programme has been designed to ensure that it can be of benefit to every member of the fire services community, whatever the stage of their life or career.
Members of the fire services community can find out more on the Charity’s website – www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/healthyjoints
Download the My Fire Fighters Charity app from your Android or iOS app store or register online at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/myffc