Hate that smoking habit? We can help you quit with a proven
successful program. For many
members, smoking was a habit that began when they were teenagers.
Usually one or two cigarettes a day became a pack a day. Add a little
stress, a crisis or two, and that one pack can become two packs.
The health changes can be subtle, a morning tickle in the throat,
a winter cold lasts longer and the cough takes longer to go away.
The easy run is not so easy. Climbing steps with equipment is more
tiring. Maybe you're getting older, you might tell yourself. But
then maybe it's the butts. And now the kids keep asking you to quit.
Or maybe your kids have started smoking and you know they are following
your lead. There are more reasons to quit than to smoke but its
not so easy to do. That's why there is help available.
In the daily work of our Department, there are some work exposures
that can't be avoided. But the additional burden of cigarette smoke
can be eliminated.
BHS with CSU has offered a program of smoking cessation since July
2002 to help members quit smoking. Since that time, over 600 members
and their families have received this free treatment. The program
has brought together tobacco cessation experts with free prescription
products provided by Pfizer/Pharmacia. To date, there has been a
60 percent success rate for tobacco cessation in our FDNY group.
The program has been generously supported by Pfizer/ Pharmacia,
who has provided the nicotine products, as well as the UFOA and
UFA through IAFF funds.
This program is now coming to the boroughs so that members and
their families who could not get into Brooklyn can now participate
in their community. The programs will be held Wednesday evenings
at 7 pm. The locations include the Counseling Unit Building 413A,
Fort Totten, Queens; the Staten Island Family Counseling Unit, 1688
Victory Blvd. Staten Island, N.Y.; FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metro Tech,
Brooklyn N.Y; and Montefiore/Einstein, Bronx N.Y. The group will
alternate at these four sites every four weeks, with a group meeting
to be held monthly at each site. You must register for this program
by calling Michael Andreacci at 718-999-1942.
Participants must be registered. The program is open to ALL FDNY
members and their families.
You can quit smoking today and feel better today. The facts show
that in 20 minutes, blood pressure and heart rate returns to normal,
temperature of hands and feet returns to normal. In 8 hours, oxygen
levels in the blood increase with a decrease in carbon monoxide
BHS CSU remains committed to the health and safety of our FDNY
members. Commit to YOUR HEALTH by stopping smoking. We have the
tools to help you quit. Make the choice to live a healthier life.
Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. Be well and start feeling
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SUMMER HEALTH CONCERNS
The summer months can be an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
Whether vacationing with
family and friends at the beach, in the park or in the mountains,
protecting your health and your loved ones is always important.
Some health and safety tips include:
Watch out for sun exposure. Too much sun can hurt your skin the
next day and also imperil your health in the years to follow. Skin
cancer remains the most common form of cancer in this country. Often,
it is the sunburn that a person received in childhood that may become
a cancer later in life. Those who have sunburns year after year
or have repeated sun exposures will increase their risk for skin
cancer. Although anyone can develop skin cancer, some are at higher
risk than others. (Please see box below).
Facts About Skin Cancer
Who is at Risk
Although anyone can get skin cancer, individuals
with certain risk factors are particularly at risk.
Some risk factors for skin cancer are:
- Lighter natural skin color
- Family history of skin cancer
- Personal history of skin cancer
- Constant exposure to the sun through work and play
- A history of sunburns early in life
- Skin that burns, freckles, gets red easily, or becomes painful
in the sun
- Blue or green eyes
- Blond or red hair
- Certain types of moles or a large number of moles
So minimize your sun exposure, avoiding the sun during the most
intense hours of the day. Use a sunscreen every day since UV light
is present even on overcast days. Wear hats, sunglasses and long
sleeve shirts to cover up whenever possible. Remember that children
and teens need to
avoid the sun and use sunblock. Get them in the habit early in life.
Sunscreen must be reapplied
throughout the day, since water and sweat will remove the protection.
Take an inventory of your skin and show moles or other marks to
your physician or to the dermatologist.
Insects such as mosquitoes and deer ticks may transmit infections
such as West Nile Virus and Lymes disease. Using insect repellent,
with DEET can prevent bites. Wearing long sleeves and long pants
especially when walking through tall grasses or after dusk when
the insects may be more active will offer some protection. Make
sure that screens are in place. Eliminate standing water that breeds
Swimming accidents can be avoided when swimming with lifeguards
present, never swim alone, and never dive into unknown or shallow
water. Make sure your children know When working hot day, STAY
HYDRATED how to swim. Adults are never too old to learn how
Biking with a helmet is an important way to stay safe while cycling
about. Adults as well as children should wear helmets. Finding bike
paths that avoid traffic makes the ride far more enjoyable. When
riding on the roads, follow the rules of the road and remember the
driver in the car may not see you. Cycle defensively at all times.
Outdoor dining requires special attention to maintaining the temperature
of the food. Keep foods refrigerated or in the cooler before use,
and return to the cooler immediately after eating. Food that has
been sitting out in the heat or sun should be discarded to avoid
intestinal infections. Meats that are barbecued, such as chicken,
beef and sausages must be thoroughly cooked. Wash your hands after
handling raw meat and wash counters, utensils and plates that have
had contact with uncooked meats.
Summer is the time for fun and relaxation. A little attention to
prevention and safety can keep you and your family healthy and happy.
Enjoy! working on a remember: HYDRATED
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Dr. Kerry Kelly
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. David Prezant
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Director, FDNY CSU
Mary T. McLaughlin
Director, FDNY BHS