Dietary intake among members of a volunteer fire department compared with us daily dietary recommendations

Payal Kadiwar, Nimit Shah, Taylor Black, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Michael Steinberg, Kathleen Black, Joachim Sackey, Judith Graber

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Objective: To characterize the diet of volunteer firefighters compared with the United States recommended dietary intake. Methods: A survey was administered to members of volunteer fire department which collected information on demographics, behavioral risks, fire service history, and dietary intake using the Dietary Screener Questionnaire. Dietary intake was compared with US recommendations; associations between dietary intake and years of firefighting, were assessed using bi- and multivariate analysis. Results: The 122 male study participants were majority non-Hispanic white (96.4%), and over 90% were overweight or obese. Participants had lower mean intakes of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and dietary fiber, and a higher mean intake of added sugars compared with the US recommended dietary intake. Conclusion: Volunteer firefighters in our study had suboptimal daily dietary intake of fruits and vegetables, dietary fiber, whole grains, and added sugars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-150
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic disease
  • Diet
  • Firefighter
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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