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On-demand webinar: Inside EMS LIVE! Eat smart, respond strong: Nutrition insights for first responders

First responder nutrition experts share how healthy snacking, making over your food environment and mindset fuel your body for both wellness and performance. Part of First Responder Wellness Week.

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In this special live episode of the “Inside EMS” Podcast — part of First Responder Wellness Week — our host, Chris Cebollero, welcomes nutrition experts Jill Joyce, PhD, RD; Megan Lautz, MS, RD, CSCS, TSAC-F; and Mandy Nice, NSCA TSAC-F*D, NSCA CPT*D, to dive into first responder nutrition.

Between first responders’ on-the-go lifestyle, shiftwork and nutritional fads, knowing what to eat to fuel a healthy responders’ body can be a challenge. In honor of First Responder Wellness Week, our panel shares how behavioral science, healthy supplies and agency culture can support first responders’ health goals.

Together, they discuss:

  • 3 nutrition guardrails
  • The place for sugar in your diet
  • Altering the food environment
  • Healthy grab-and-go snack options
  • The adding-in mindset
  • How to shift culture and avoid peer pressure

Thank you to HeartStart Powered by Sigma for sponsoring this event.

Serving up industry news and hot topics for 10 years, the Inside EMS podcast offers industry insight, expert perspectives on hot topics and clinical issues, as well as operational and leadership lessons for EMS personnel.


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L - R: Jill Joyce, Megan Lautz, Mandy Nice, Chris Cebollero

Dr. Jill Joyce is a registered dietitian who hates kale and loves chocolate. She is associate professor and co-director of the Tactical Fitness and Nutrition Lab at Oklahoma State University. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and after graduation, spent 9 years moving around the country with her husband for his active-duty Army service working in a variety of settings as a dietitian. As a researcher, she investigates how healthy tactical athletes (first responders and members of the military) eat, why they eat the way they do, and effective interventions to help them fuel properly for health and performance.

Megan Lautz is a registered dietitian and strength coach with a Master’s in Sports Nutrition. Megan’s mission is to help first responders perform better, recover faster and enjoy long, healthy retirements. Prior to joining Fairfax Fire and Police in 2021, Lautz worked with Montgomery County Fire and Police from 2017-2021. She has trained for and passed CPAT, completed 24-hour ride-alongs, and is heavily involved in fire recruit training and nutrition. She provides healthy dinner demonstrations, nutrition roundtable discussions, workouts and mobility sessions to career firefighters out in the field. Lautz is the owner of RescueRD, LLC, which provides nutrition seminars and coaching for first responders across the country.

Mandy Nice is Lexipol’s strategic wellness director. She has over 18 years of experience developing and implementing national award-winning physical fitness and wellness programs that measurably improve the health, strength, quality of life and resilience of first responders and civilians. Her work has been featured in highly esteemed industry publications including the International Association of Chiefs of Police Police Chief Magazine and the FBI National Academy Associate Magazine, and she has routinely served as a subject matter expert and professional speaker for industry-leading organizations, including the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Justice Clearinghouse, the National White Collar Crime Center, the National Fraternal Order of Police, the National Foundation Research Associates, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Nice also serves as chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Officer Safety and Wellness Section Physical Wellness Committee. Her greatest motivator is helping first responders optimize their health so that they can enjoy strong, rewarding careers and long, healthy retirements.

About our moderator

Chris Cebollero is head of operations for QuickMedic. Cebollero is a nationally recognized EMS leader, best-selling author, and advocate. He is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council and available for speaking, coaching and mentoring. Cebollero is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board and cohost of the Inside EMS Podcast.