- Written by Dr. Robyn Holder Dr. Robyn Holder
- Published: 14 January 2019 14 January 2019
The heart is a marvelous organ. It is part of our cardiovascular system and has two functions – a blood pumping role and an electrical job, too. It is small – about the size of a fist, but works really, really hard.
The heart is susceptible to numerous diseases and conditions. We normally think of a heart attack as a killer, and they are one of the top five causes of death. However, you may be able to assist and rescue an individual suffering from a cardiovascular event if you know CPR and how to use an AED.
And, there is a local opportunity for you to do just this!
I recently taught a holistic health class at Central Penn College. During our cardiovascular unit, I asked my students if they knew CPR, if they used it in their occupation, or if they’d like to know how to perform this life-saving technique. A few students did need to know CPR for their jobs, and just about every other one said they’d love to know how to perform CPR, and how to use an AED, too! An idea was born! The really neat thing about this is something Central Penn is noted for – providing a real-life education as well as listening to what students need and want. A professor is trying to make this happen, and it’s very neat!
A friend of mine, Julie Walker, is the founder of the Peyton Walker Foundation, which conducts CPR and AED trainings several times per year, as well as heart screenings for health issues. The Peyton Walker Foundation has already saved numerous lives with their screenings. I approached Julie about providing trainings on Central Penn’s campus to my students, other students, staff members, and the community at large. We obtained two sponsors – Capital Blue Cross and proudly, Full Circle Vitality Group and Central Penn agreed to host and provide refreshments. So, we’re set for training on January 28, 2019, from 12:30 – 4:30 pm. The cost is only $5 – for a certification education that normally costs close to $100!
Visit this link to register. There are spots left if you’d like to start the new year with some new education and skills! Hopefully you never have to use them. But if you ever do, you’ll feel confident and sure of how to help save a life!
What can you do for your own heart health? Eat well, move lots, get quality sleep, and try to keep stress to a minimum. Here are some delicious heart lovin’ foods:
- Good, clean proteins, like wild fish, organically raised meats, beans and lentils and even safely sourced nutritional powders (ask us about ours!)
- Healthy fats, like avocados, nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil, and even some dark chocolate
- Fruits, especially strawberries and blueberries, citrus fruits, and pomegranates
- Dark leafy greens, especially kale, spinach and swiss chard
We can help with all of the above if you want to improve your heart health. Give us a call!
To Your Vitality….and To Your Heart Health!