June is CPR/AED Awareness Month
June 1st – 7th is CPR / AED Awareness Week, spotlighting how lives can be saved if more people know CPR and how to use an AED. Nearly 330,000 Americans experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest each year, but less than one-third gets bystander aid. Experts say that less than 70 percent of adults have CPR or AED training, leaving them helpless to act. No one is immune to sudden cardiac arrest, but we are all capable of saving a life!
Free and low-cost CPR and AED training classes are widely available in most communities and can also be taken online. Evidence shows that a short CPR demonstration video can empower people to help in an emergency (find videos at www.heart.org).
The Hope Heart Institute’s Athletes Take Heart™ program raises awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and provides training in Hands-OnlyTM CPR and how to use an AED. A partnership between The Hope Heart Institute and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue and King County aims to make these life-saving tools available to youth volunteers and coaches. Hope staff and volunteers train volunteer coaches, parents and B&GCA staff at the beginning of each sports season.
We are excited to announce that we have helped equip all of The Boys & Girls Clubs in Bellevue with AED’s and are now focusing our efforts on the clubs in King County. We are working with local athletes, coaches and sports icons to make this happen! Seattle sports legend Lenny Wilkens and Sounders FC coach, Sigi Schmid have already made their commitment to supporting this community program and we look forward to making further announcements about other athletes who are jumping onboard!
In time, the goal is to expand the program state-wide. To learn more about Athletes Take Heart™, visit http://www.hopeheart.org/projects/athletes-take-heart-2/
My name is Heather Kelley. I am a married mother of two teenage daughters and I live in Bellevue. I am 49 years old and have had perfect health until this past year.
On Feb. 5, 2014 I was walking to the Seahawks Super Bowl celebration at CenturyLink Field with my 15- and 14-year-old daughters when my heart stopped. My amazing and courageous daughters called 911 and performed CPR until help arrived. The medics shocked my heart three times before they got a heartbeat. A week later I had a defibrillator implanted and it has saved my life two times already. As I have learned about heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest, I am aware of how lucky I am to be a survivor. It has been an emotional journey for my whole family as we learn to live with this new “normal.” I am immensely grateful to be alive. I am often asked how my heart event has changed my life. I know that this is not the expected answer, but I’m not sure that nearly dying changed my life in a big way. I’m still sort of winging it, trying to be grateful every day, trying to be here, now, trying to live a life of meaning and joy.
Men's Health Awareness Month
Men’s Health Week: Be One in a Million®
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S. claiming more than 390,000 lives each year. Developing healthy lifestyle habits and managing risk factors from an early age can reduce the chances of heart attack and stroke by 80 percent. As we approach Father’s Day, let’s support all the dads out there, as we all know they are One In A Million!
Men’s Health Network has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Million Hearts®campaign. Million Hearts® is a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 (http://millionhearts.hhs.gov). Everyone – men and their loved ones – are encouraged to be physically active, never smoke, and choose a diet low in salt and trans fat. Individuals already at risk for CVD should see their health care provider to learn how to improve the “ABCS” of cardiovascular health:
- Aspirin as appropriate (ask your doctor if it’s right for you)
- Blood pressure control
- Cholesterol management
- Smoking cessation
We encourage you to join the men in your life in making a commitment during Men’s Health Week to learn what you can do to prevent cardiovascular disease, and help them Be One in a Million!
Let's Move Outside!
Kids should be active for at least 60 minutes every day, but studies show only one in three children gets enough exercise. Nearly 30 percent of U.S. kids are overweight or obese, setting the stage for cardiovascular disease and other serious health problems later in life.
Setting kids up for a healthy life is easy…outdoor activity helps kids maintain a healthy weight, boosts their immunity and bone health, and lowers stress. If you’re not sure where to go or what to do, visit Let’s Move Outside (http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside). This easy-to-use web site can help you find a park, trail or playground near you, or a new place to swim, ride or explore. Active families are healthier families, so go outside and play!
Join us on June 11th at Pyramid Brewery where we’ll enjoy draft beers, grub and hear stories from Hope supporters. Don’t miss out on this sport spectacular which also features a silent auction with memorabilia from your favorite hometown players and teams, and much more!
This event will raise funds to support our programs with a particular focus on Athlete’s Take Heart. Athletes Take Heart™ is an outreach and education program that raises awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, and provides training in Hands-Only™ cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). With community support, awareness, and proper training, we will have the means and the methods to protect our community when an unexpected, possibly fatal heart arrhythmia afflicts a seemingly healthy athlete or young adult.
Ticket price is $45.00. Register here: https://hopeheart.ejoinme.org/MyPages/DraftDay
Golf Fore Red is coming up next month! We hope to see you at this inspiring women’s only golf tournament on Saturday, July 25th.
Registration is open now at hopeheart.org/events/golf-forered. Sign up as an individual or form your own team.
June is Employee Wellbeing Month (sidebar)
Employee Wellbeing Month highlights how companies can support employee wellness and strengthen their business through a healthy workplace culture. The Hope Heart Institute’s Business Take Heart program supports workplace wellness initiatives through seminars, workshops and 30-day challenges. To learn how you can get a program in your office, visit http://www.hopeheart.org/projects/business-take-heart/.