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Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

Looking for a challenge?? Well, sign up for the 6th annual Hammerhead Ocean marathon!The swim marathon has two sepreate legs that are1.25 miles, and 2.5 miles respectively in OPEN WATER. It will be held on August 13, 2011 and begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Bring your swimming gear, and most importantly your endurance!!! For more information log on to www.hammerheadtriathlonclub.com. See you there! 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s Road Show Visits Green Cove Springs Memorial Day RiverFest

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s Road Show Visits Green Cove Springs Memorial Day RiverFest

Health Hits the River:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s

In the Pursuit of Health Road Show Visits

Green Cove Springs Memorial Day RiverFest

Taking their mission of building healthier communities to the people, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) is bringing affordable health care and a healthier tomorrow to Duval County residents during its upcoming In the Pursuit of Health Road Show stop at the Green Cove Springs Memorial Day Riverfest on Monday, May 30.

St. Vincent's HealthCare to Offer FREE Health Screenings

St. Vincent's HealthCare to Offer FREE Health Screenings

St. Vincent’s HealthCare is proud to be the major medical sponsor of this weekend’s Never Quit Beach Fest which will be held in Jacksonville Beach at the Sea Walk Pavilion.  Our goal is to bring awareness to the public about the risk of stroke and heart disease.

In addition to all of the planned festivities, medical personnel will be volunteering their time ALL DAY Saturday, May 21, 2011, to give free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings.  St. Vincent’s HealthCare will also be on hand to answer medical questions and to perform AngioScreens which are simple, painless, non-invasive ways of checking your risk for heart disease.  The AngioScreen costs $75.  It provides a clearer picture of your overall risk for heart disease and stroke.

If you miss Saturday's event and you would like to schedule an appointment for an AngioScreen, call 904-308-7428

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Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the Duval County Public School Board began making recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and is in an unfortunate financial situation.

However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

The American Heart Association, First Coast Market and chairwoman Kristi Bageant-Epperson of Citi are hosting the First Coast Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, May 20, 2011. For for information including ticket prices and event location contact the American Heart Assocation, First Coast Market at 904-256-5724 or go to www.heart.org/firstcoastgored