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Moorhead, volunteer at Duncan Chapel FD, wins national award

Published on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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William Moorhead is President of All Clear Emergency Management Group, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and is a Lieutenant as a volunteer with the Duncan Chapel Fire Department.

William Moorhead is President of All Clear Emergency Management Group, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and is a Lieutenant as a volunteer with the Duncan Chapel Fire Department.

William Moorhead, a volunteer at Duncan Chapel Fire Department, is one of three national winners representing Cardioviva, a natural probiotic to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels in adults. Moorhead earned his fire department a $5,000 cash prize and $2,500 worth of exercise equipment and a nutrition and fitness makeover.

Heart attacks account for about half of on-duty firefighter deaths, 49 percent in 2012, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Cardioviva, in conjunction with the National Volunteer Fire Council, conducted a nationwide search for three heart health champions. The search put the spotlight on firefighters who are taking care of their own health, and also motivating their brethren and communities to live healthier lifestyles.

Moorhead, after providing assistance to his father who suffered a sudden heart attack at age 49 when Will was in high school, became interested in emergency management and firefighting, and has been a volunteer ever since.  Now 70, his father is healthy and has spent the past 20 years as an inspiration for living a healthy lifestyle and as Will's fellow firefighter.

Moorhead saw his own cholesterol rising and adopted a predominantly plant-based, whole foods diet and saw a 30-point drop in his cholesterol.

Moorhead is President All Clear Emergency Management Group, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and is a Lieutenant with the Duncan Chapel Fire Department. He received his B.A. from Furman University and J.D. from Mercer University.

"Being a Cardioviva Heart Health Champion gives us a platform to share the work we are doing as a department with the community," said Moorhead. "I am excited to share what we learn as part of the contest's nutrition and fitness makeover with the public during our community days, where we can invite them to try healthy food samples and demonstrate easy ways to stay fit with our new exercise equipment." 

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