Fire – Fitness Fact: Did you know that 80 percent of the calls Firefighters and Paramedics respond to are Emergency Medical Service (EMS) related? It’s true and across the country, millions of these calls could have been avoided if individuals engaged in some type of a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise.

I go to a lot of gyms living between Orange County, the Coachella Valley and working in Los Angeles. My favorite place is World Gym. There are several World Gyms located throughout the Coachella Valley and they offer a variety of accommodations to meet the needs of any workout which will provide health benefits to you.

Whether you’re a hard core fitness guru, or the casual gym – goer, World Gym offers amenities to promote better health such as free weights, group fitness classes, yoga, cardio equipment, boot camp, nutrition, personal training, child care and more.

I have found the certified staff and instructors to be friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. The best part for me is the socialization and the friends I’ve made that live both locally and across the country. Many have become like family!

If you want to keep those paramedics at bay and looking for a great way to start off the New Year or getting something for that special person (or yourself) for Valentine’s Day, I’d say get on a healthy track with World Gym.

Remember; never begin a rigorous health program without consulting with your physician.

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna