About me:

I grew up in a family of firefighters. Being the only girl among my family’s many generations of boys, my path to the fire service had a few extra speed bumps. At age 16, I was about 98 pounds soaking wet. Learning how to become not only fit- but fire-department fit- was the greatest challenge of my life at that time. I knew in my heart I wanted it, but my body wasn’t ready. From that moment on, my journey to learn all I could about fitness, health and wellness took root.

My journey kicked into high gear with the realization that we, as a nation, could eradicate so much disease if we just taught people how to eat the right way and how best to move their bodies. This, coupled with the fact that firefighters and first responders across the country are still dying in record numbers from sudden cardiac events, and now in overwhelming numbers from cancer, prompted me to take action and share my knowledge.

I am a certified Holistic Nutritionist, freelance copy-writer, and a 24 year veteran in a career fire department. My various positions have allowed me to be part of the best companies in my department, truck companies, engine companies, and staff positions. I was blessed with the opportunity to become my department’s first ever Health, Wellness and Risk Management Officer and help to build the foundation of our wellness programs. Now I want to help our nation's firefighters meet their health, wellness and fitness goals. Lifestyle changes come one small step at a time – and one good read at a time. Let me help you reach your audience!

Irish Blessings!

Colleen O'Neill