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Being a public safety officer or first responder is one of the most stressful jobs there is.
In addition to threats to their own physical safety, police officers, firefighters, and other public safety officers are regularly exposed to conflict, trauma, injury, pain, and death.
Add long hours of work, unhealthy eating, poor sleep habits, smoking, and overuse of alcohol and you have a perfect recipe for stress, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even suicide.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, more than 40% of law enforcement officers are obese.
Other studies have found that police officers are 25% more likely to die from weight-related disorders like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some cancers.
When you’re working in an active job like law enforcement or public safety, there are times when you’re feeling a little sluggish and in need of a snack to give you some energy. Which snack you choose can make a huge difference—not only in your energy and stamina on the job, but in your long-term health.