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Reverse Engineering Longevity

As far as I can tell, Father Time is undefeated, but it doesn't need to be a blowout. What do I mean by this? It means living life on your own terms for as long as you possibly can should be a priority. Until it's difficult to do them it's easy to take the mundane activities of daily living for granted, like clipping your toenails, putting a 20lb carry-on in the overhead bin or running to catch a bus. Not to mention the things you really want to do, like playing recreational sports or playing on the floor with a young child.

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Adding Life To Your Years

Not so long ago, keeping your health in top shape was generally a matter of doing your day-to-day work. Most people had manual labor jobs that involved a lot of physical activity and they slept well at night simply because they were tired. There were no electronic devices to keep them sedentary or disturb their sleep. Pre-packaged processed food didn’t exist and food was either grown on their own properties or traded with neighbors. 

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Ambiguous Loss & the Firefighter

His toothbrush is by the sink. Her sandals are by the door. They are part of our lives, but they aren’t here for days, weeks, or sometimes months, depending on their role as a firefighter (e.g., municipal, wildland, strike teams).

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Our Relationship with Morals

Around the kitchen table, there is no shortage of advice. We listen in on the newest relationship conflict, the justification for questionable behaviors, and the self-righteous indignation we are all susceptible to as either the participant or the bystander.   We subjectively define what is acceptable and rarely take the time to measure up our behavior to any particular standard.

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Peer Support: Two In, Two Out

Peer support has become a hot topic lately, and for good reason. The peer-to-peer support model has been around since the late 1700s and has been used to help improve health outcomes and quality of life for a range of mental and physical health conditions, including asthma, cancer, diabetes, and substance use disorder.  

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The First Black Female Firefighter In The City of Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina, a city steeped in history, witnessed an unprecedented milestone on October 22, 1990—the induction of Chantè Coad into the revered ranks of the Columbia Fire Department. It wasn't just routine hiring; Coad’s induction into the department represented a seismic shift, a breakthrough that echoed far beyond the realms of employment, resonating as a testament to resilience, determination, and a beacon of groundbreaking achievement.

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Are Antioxidants the Key to a Healthier Fire Service?

It's no secret that firefighting is an exhilarating but dangerous job. Exposure to pollutants, trauma, sleep deprivation, and high-intensity work can cause free radical damage that accumulates over a 25+ year career. This damage contributes to firefighters' increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants can help fight free radical damage. Could antioxidants be the answer to improving health in the fire service?

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