City of Colonial Heights uses peer support and exercise to boost physical and mental health

For the City of Colonial Heights, focusing on both the physical and mental health of their public safety employees is crucial. Both the fire and police departments require staff to complete some type of physical activity each day so they can stay fit for duty. Until recently, their shared workout room needed an update.

“Last year VRSA was gracious enough to give us funding for the elliptical that we wouldn’t have been able to get on our own,” said Deputy Fire Chief David Kissner. “This year we had a treadmill with 10 – 15 years of heavy use on it, so it made a great option to be able to put in for that piece of equipment.”

Kissner and Sergeant Desiree McCurry with the police department agree that staying active assists staff with staying in shape – both physically and mentally.

Learn more about how the city utilizes peer support and exercise to boost public safety staff’s physical and mental health, in the video below.