Dedham — First responders are facing a health crisis. The unique physical and mental challenges they face on their jobs leads to elevated levels of cancer, cardiac disease, orthopedic injuries and post traumatic stress disorder. This is especially true for firefighters.
A local company called O2X is helping these brave men and women face this crisis. O2X is focused on maximizing human performance.
"O2X is a compete performance program. It handles wellness and complete health and it was designed for longevity of the tactial athlete", says O2X Co-Founder Adam La Reau.
La Reau and his three other partners founded O2X with the goal of maximizing human performance of their clients by the simple methodology of "Eat, Sweat and Thrive". Adam and two of his partners are former Navy Seals.
And when it comes to first responders, O2X is helping to better their lives. The company has worked with the Boston Fire Department for more than a year now and the results have been amazing. "O2X is saving the lives of our members", says Edward Kelly, the former President of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, and now the general secretary treasurer of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Recently, in Weymouth, O2X hosted a regional training program with first responders from 25 different Massachusetts communities.
Brookline Fire Chief Robert Ward took part in the Weymouth program. "I think it's a fantastic program" , said Ward. "I thought it was more of a fitness program but it's much more than that. It teaches you how to breath, how to calm yourself down in certain situations, the yoga part, the mental aspect of it, nutrition. It's just everything in one", says Ward
Megan Tuthill works for Boston EMS. She took part in this program and had this to say about it's benefits, "As an EMS there are things we see where we need mental stability to go into the next call. This program helps with that. We enjoy the job we do. That's why we signed up for it. The community is going to benefit from the training we get here because we are goint to come into a call refreshed".
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