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Stress and Eating

Most people tend to overindulge as a coping mechanism; some end up skipping meals. Neither behavior is healthy at all, and we know it. To change the behavior, we have to solve the real problem -- stress. Whether the result is feast or famine, stress definitely affects our eating behavior, and in EMS, there's no shortage of stressful situations.

Check out the new Stress Management group for tips and expert advice.

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Comment by Rob Harrison on May 28, 2012 at 10:18am

Here is our solution to stress, which I think among our professions of FF and EMS is heavily stress related. I am working with the coach and yoga instructor to help the Helath and Wellness Committee develop better programs to insure the health of our volunteers.

Comment by Richard M. Obertots on November 15, 2011 at 10:57am

ThinkThroughTools is in the formulation phase of launching an employer healthcare insurance cost savings program that is centered around bicycling. The key steps are to get employers and their health insurance underwriters (or self insured employers) to support employees that utilize a structured program where bicycling is their primary means to manage their fitness / wellness.


Over time - the metrics / lab results that provide evidence that bicycling improves employee fitness / wellness and reduce employee use of healthcare services will then trigger cost reductions in health insurance premiums for employers. This freed up capital will then be driven back into the organization to increase investment in competitiveness and to create new-high skilled jobs.


We are now identifying and selecting employers (Private & Public Sectors) to engage in our beta testing of a bicycling-centric fitness/wellness program. To compensate for weather and to include well-rounded exercise - other forms will compliment the bicycling.


If you are an employer or an employee interested in learning more about qualifying to be engaged. Please be in touch on or before 14:00 ET 27th November 2011.



Comment by Roger on June 17, 2011 at 11:07am

Hi Denee, I find that multiple small brunch moments help a lot......a couple of hand fulls of pistachio nuts, a slice of cheese, a piece of ham or turkey and of course lots of water before and after......


Comment by Denee Dautel on June 17, 2011 at 12:17am
I'm a bored eater. its not the stress that gets me its the time in between calls when i get bored and start snacking while daydreaming. what kind of snacks can i pack on call that will help me with my stress management and still not pack on the pounds. someone suggested gum and a stress ball but the gum is killing my fillings. help.
Comment by Roger on June 8, 2011 at 10:40am

During my career one of my BC's seemed to be losing a bunch of excess pounds, playing the game I asked him how he was doing it? He answered that he was drinking shakes.....he said he was doing HerbalLife......that was about 20 years ago.

This is wife Susan is now a distributor for Herbalife....since starting this program we each have lost close to forty pounds we have more to lose but I can say from personal experience this stuff works! Let me know if anyone is interested.



Comment by Kevin Cunningham on November 22, 2009 at 12:58pm
Hey All,

Does anyone have a resource for used Paramedic text books?
I specifically need "Paramedic Practice Today" Volumes 1 & 2 (Mosby) The best prices I have found so far are about $85-$95 for the text books each, and $35-$45 on the workbooks.

I know about, amazon and ebay.


Comment by A.J. Heightman on September 28, 2009 at 2:36pm
My insurance required me to undergo physician assisted weight management and nutritionist consult for 6 months before they would cover it. Ask what yours requires. It's worth the wait (weight)! PUN intended!
Comment by Kevin on September 28, 2009 at 8:12am
Congrats on the wieght loss A.J.! I know how hard it is too. Im back on my low-carb diet and making progress. I thought about Gastric Bypass years ago, but my insurance will not cover it. Its a never ending battle, keep up the great weight loss!
Comment by sherill howell on September 26, 2009 at 5:03pm
all of you guys rule, never give up !
Comment by Richard M. Obertots on September 26, 2009 at 12:20pm
Well done A.J. congratulations! We need you healthy to lead JEMS. Your progress inspires me and I believe others. My weakness - OREO cookies... HELP!!!! My bike riding helps - but - those "cookie demons" always need to be kept at bay. Ideally we can set examples by training for and participating in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. Way 2 Go A.J.

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