This is a great story. I wish that more high schools throughout Texas would do this.
This story explained that by the end of this school year, it is estimated that more than 300 students in the Snohomish School District in Washington State will be certified in CPR and first-aid skills.
While this is the first year the training has been provided for free to students through the schools, this training has been a success. Subsequently, the fire district agreed to fund the program because of the value brought to the community by those with basic lifesaving skills.
As the CPR trainers worked with the kids the trainers reiterated that "It can often take more than five minutes for help to arrive after calling 911". They further explained to the students that "CPR in those moments" otherwise known a “bystander CPR” is often a major factor in the rates of survival.
Are you or a loved one lonely or often feel isolated? While we all now that being overweight and not being physically active are linked to heart disease; well so are loneliness and isolation. With so many people longing for that "connection"; medical research has suggested that isolation and loneliness are "just as destructive to an individual's health" as being overweight or not eating healthy (Newman, 2016).
Newman (2016) also indicated that "Loneliness and social isolation was associated with a 29% increase in coronary heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke".
Newman (2016) further suggested that with "more than 1 million people aged over 65 believed to be suffering from loneliness, councils with their responsibility for public health see this as a major concern. [...] Loneliness is an issue that needs our urgent attention, and something that will become an increasingly important public health concern as people live longer lives".
So, if you know someone who is feeling isolated and maybe doesn't have an expansive social network, take time out of your busy schedule and routine to take them out for lunch, for a walk or a run, or simply go see a movie. It will more than likely really make in a difference in their quality of life.
This is a heartwarming story of how just one small thing can really touch so many lives. Becoming a volunteer.
After the devastating Nepali earthquake a year ago, a few individuals were inspired to travel halfway across the world to the chaos in Nepal including a 12 year old boy named Ian from the UK. He trained over 100 Nepalese in CPR and First Aid and even donated 100 first-aid kits, and an emergency defibrillator.
This story is a must read.
May is Stroke Awareness Month
According to the American Stroke Association, "stroke is the second leading cause of death in the world and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain is blocked and the brain can't get the blood or oxygen it needs". The month of May is used by the Stroke Association as a way to promote a new "Together to End Stroke Initiative" with important reminders for everyone.First, having a stroke does not discriminate. Anyone can have a stroke no matter what their age including middle aged adults, teens, and children. High blood pressure is public enemy number one for stroke, which means we should do a better job lowering ours with diet and exercise. A stroke can affect everyone but African Americans are at an increased risk. A stroke is largely treatable today through medication and devices like stent retrievers.
The American Stroke Association suggests that understanding the acronym FAST allows people to understand what to look for such as face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty. Time is critical and that why it is important to call 911 immediately.
Are you a dog lover like I am? Since we use CPR and First Aid on a person experiencing cardiac distress or involved in an accident, can't we also use CPR and First Aid on our pets? Pet emergency education is becoming popular in many cities throughout the United States. Pets cannot talk so understanding the signs of a pet in distress is viable to their overall health. Check out pet CPR and First Aid classes in your local neighborhood or city and see if there are options available. Learning the sign and symptoms of a responsive pet as opposed to a non-responsive pet can make a world of difference. I don't know about you, but my animals are my family so ensuring that they are safe and healthy is the least that I can and will do. :) Check out the article and the link below.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is the CEO of Help-A-Heart CPR, LLC and an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.