Cardioviva, NVFC Partner to Educate Responders on Dangers of High Cholesterol

May 13, 2013

Heart attacks are the leading cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities, with more than half of all firefighter fatalities attributed to them.

In an effort to change this alarming statistic, Cardioviva and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are teaming up to educate fire service and emergency medical technician (EMT) volunteers about the dangers of high cholesterol.

The announcement takes place in conjunction with the 25th Annual National Fire & Emergency Services Dinner & Seminars in Washington, D.C., May 8-9; and the NVFC’s 2013 Spring Meeting in Alexandria, VA, May 10-11.

“As emergency responders, firefighters and EMTs face stress and danger in their volunteer jobs. These heroes also juggle full-time careers, so staying healthy needs to fit into their busy schedules,” said Phillip C. Stittleburg, NVFC Chairman.“Working with partners like Cardioviva, whose mission is to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, is a tremendous asset for the fire service community.”

Cardioviva, a natural health probiotic, and the NVFC provided free cholesterol screenings and nutrition and lifestyle education at the Congressional Fire Services Institute and NVFC events.

In the coming weeks, Cardioviva and the NVFC will launch a contest in search of Cardioviva Heart Health Champions to find volunteer firefighters and EMTs who want to inspire heart-healthy living.

“A cholesterol screening helps you understand exactly where you stand. We are talking with volunteer firefighters and EMTs about this important topic,” said Chris Mohr, RD, PhD, a nutrition and exercise physiology expert and Cardioviva spokesperson. “The first and most important steps in cholesterol management are lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and stopping smoking. Additionally, Cardioviva is a natural way to fill the gap between diet, exercise, and medication.”

Cardioviva is the first natural probiotic that has been clinically proven to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels in adults. Cardioviva healthy bacteria may help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels in two ways: by maintaining the amount of cholesterol the body produces and by maintaining the amount absorbed from food.

Cardioviva is available in Canada and the US at Walgreens and other major retailers.

About The Winning Combination

Founded in 1990, The Winning Combination Inc. is one of Canada’s leading Health and Wellness organizations with a focus on manufacturing and distributing natural health products and dietary supplements, such as Cardioviva.

The Winning Combination works closely with local governing regulatory bodies to ensure our products are of the highest quality and are in regulatory compliance in the markets in which we operate.

Learn more about The Winning Combination at and about Cardioviva at

About The National Volunteer Fire Council

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at

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