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How to have a healthy lifestyle as a law enforcement officer

At the end of the day, your health is largely in your hands; take some extra time to take care of you

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Law enforcement officers generally live at least 10 years less than individuals in other professions, primarily due to the challenging aspects of their job.

Key factors affecting their health include irregular sleep patterns due to shift work, with over 40% of officers having sleep disorders, and poor dietary habits contributing to obesity and related health issues like heart disease and high blood pressure.

In this video, Gordon Graham, Lexipol co-founder and risk management expert, advises officers to proactively manage their health by getting adequate rest, eating healthy, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, exploring wellness resources offered by employers or insurers and ensuring regular health check-ups.

Get more tips from Gordon here.

This article, originally posted on March 17, 2023, has been updated.

Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.