Kyle Bode

Health and Wellness Coordinator Saint Paul Fire Department

What interested you in becoming  a wellbeing champion in your department?

Fitness has always been a huge part of my life. I’m always training for something like a marathon, a triathlon, or a rucking event. More recently, things got out of hand for me, and I checked myself into treatment and was treated for PTSD. As I continued down my recovery path, I recognized that I could help others through all my own life experiences.

What drives your passion for your own personal wellbeing?

My wellbeing is so important to me because being the best version of myself helps me serve those around me. Being well helps me to be a better husband, father, and employee. Also, as the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Fire Department, I like to lead by example to help my fellow firefighters be the best version of themselves.

What have you learned about yourself or others since becoming a wellbeing champion?

I think the biggest lesson that I have learned is that it is ok to ask for help. For the longest time, I thought that I had it all under control. It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t and that it was ok to reach out for assistance.

Thank you for sharing Kyle!