With the Holiday Season here and the new year approaching, this is the perfect time to consider new skills that might allow you to promote awareness as well as health in your community.
Did you know that the risk for injuries and heart attack both rise dramatically during the holiday season. There are many reasons: Sudden cardiac arrest increase is commonly attributed to holiday stress, as well as the consumption of richer foods and alcohol. Injuries and accidents also increase rise due to cooking (often with many people in an unfamiliar kitchen), holiday lights and decorations, space heaters, and more.
No matter what the reason, give life and wellness this season! Whether your certification is still within the 2 year period or not, a refresher course in CPR and First Aid is timely, makes a great gift, and could help keep everyone safe. Remember that 80% of all bystander CPR is performed on loved ones!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND THE BEST IN 2017.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.