Author: Cheryl Smith
Knoxville Knows CPR
June 5th from 2-5 PM
In Celebration of National CPR & AED Awareness Week, CPR Choice is hosting its 2nd annual KNOXVILLE KNOWS CPR. This free community event will be held Sunday, June 5th from 2-5 PM at the National Fitness Center Signature Club.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the world… claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Early recognition and CPR are crucial for survival. Learn CPR and how to prevent these deaths. We will have free activities for the entire family. You may visit one of our information stations around the gym.
- Learn Hands-Only CPR
- Healthy Eats for a Strong Heart Beat
- Free Blood Pressure Checks
- Family Fun (bounce house, face painting, hula hoop contest, baloon animals)
- Exercise-for the health of it
- Learn to use an AED (automated external defibrillator)
- American Heart Association (giving out info regarding heart attack & stroke)
Please join CPR Choice, National Fitness Centers, and the Knoxville American Heart Association for this awesome FREE family event! Learn CPR–Save Lives! #KnoxvilleKnowsCPR
At CPR Choice we get to train heroes almost every day. We train fireman, police, doctors, nurses, EMTs, soldiers and more. When you think of heroes those are usually the people that come to mind, right? While all of those people are heroes we also train a totally different group of heroes…TEACHERS!
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we want to take a minute to say “thank you!”. Teachers sacrifice so much of their lives and time for our children and they don’t get thanked nearly enough. Now that I have a child in the school system (First grade), I can say that my son’s teachers have truly amazed me. They do so many little things to try and make his learning experience better. I know that they spend money out of their own pockets to decorate their classrooms and to have little treats for the kids.
Summer is almost here! Don’t forget to acknowledge and appreciate your child’s teachers. I read a quote once that said, “summer vacation is a time when parents realize that teachers are grossly underpaid”. This is so true!
We want to extend a special discount for our teacher heroes. Many schools require teachers to be CPR certified but they expect teachers to pay for it on their own. We recommend that all school staff be certified in CPR and for several staff members to be certified in first aid. We read stories every day about teachers preventing fatalities at school due to their CPR knowledge. You never know when you might need to use those skills and we want you to feel prepared. Sign up for a CPR class today and take advantage of our discount for teachers!
June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. We’re pleased to support the American Heart Association and its important mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest. We’re asking all members within our community to please take one minute of your day to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only™ CPR.
Also, for CPR awareness week we are hosting a free community CPR class called, Knoxville Knows CPR! Our mission is to save lives; both in the classroom and in our community. We think this is the best way that we can accomplish both! Everyone needs to learn CPR!
I am requesting your help addressing a health concern that impacts our entire community. According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a spouse, parent, child or friend. Many bystanders feel helpless when they see someone go down because they don’t know what to do. Just learning 2 simple steps can make a huge difference in the victim’s outcome.
We will be teaching hands-only CPR and focusing on how learning 2 steps can save lives.
1) Call 911 & get the AED
2) Begin hands only CPR (compressions only)
What: Knoxville Knows CPR, Free Community CPR Class
When: Sunday, June 7th at 2PM
Where: The Zone Sporting Complex, 5331 Western Ave. Knoxville, TN
Why: It is CPR Awareness Week
(Donations are welcome; all proceeds will benefit Hearts for the Homeless)
If you can’t make it to our class, at least visit the AHA website and learn Hand’s Only CPR. You may wonder why this is such an important cause. Your life is why! In just one minute, you can learn the two simple steps of Hands-Only™ CPR. Please watch the video any day from June 1 through 7. Then share the link with family and friends, and ask them to learn CPR.
Thank you so much! Learn to save a life!
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As personal trainers , you’ve made the decision to go into the growing and ever evolving world of exercise science. Cardiovascular training and weightlifting are important parts of keeping the heart and body healthy. However, it is important to understand the risks involved and be prepared to act should an emergency occur.
Exercise tolerance is defined as the ability of the cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular systems to meet the requirements generated by large muscle use. Simply put, can the body move enough oxygen to the muscles fast enough? If one system fails to keep up, your client could experience cardiac arrest and need CPR. While the goal is to better ones exercise tolerance, pushing someone too hard or to0 fast could be detrimental.
It is important for personal trainers to form a close relationship with all their clients in order to create a program within his or her functional physical capabilities. Ultimately, it is the trainer’s responsibility to understand your clients’ medical history and physical boundaries.
There are multiple ailments that may increase your clients risk of heart failure:
- History of Heart Attack
- History of Stroke
- Poor bloodflow
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Poor aerobic metabolism (Inability of muscles to process oxygen)
Thorough understanding of CPR and the ability to act responsibly are critical in the moments between cardiac arrest and EMS arrival on scene. Immediate CPR and AED use could be the difference should a life and death situation present itself. We not only strongly urge personal trainers to receive CPR training, but most personal training certifications such as the American Council on Exercise (ACE) or the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) require it. Many gyms are also equipped with Automated External defibrillators (AED) and require personal trainers, fitness instructors and staff to be certified in both CPR & AED. Sign up for our Heartsaver CPR & AED course!
For more information on the correlation between exercise and heart failure, please visit the American Heart Association.
Last week I was driving north on the highway when all of a sudden the traffic really slowed down. I looked around trying to figure out what had caused it and then I quickly could see that there had been an accident in the southbound lanes. I took a better look and I realized that there had been a motorcyclist hit and he was lying in the middle of the highway. There was another person standing by the victim but no EMS (emergency medical services) had arrived on the scene yet.
I immediately pulled over and put on my hazard lights. I made sure it was safe for me to approach the victim and I ran in his direction. Thankfully the man was conscious and had a pulse when I arrived. He faded in and out of consciousness but he was visibly breathing and when conscious he was able to answer questions about himself.
The motorcyclist was lying on his side and because his vitals were strong we encouraged him not to move since there could have been a head neck injury. His helmet was quite scratched and banged up. It made me so grateful for Tennessee’s universal helmet law.
Several states do not require everyone to wear helmets. Wearing a helmet probably saved this man’s life and prevented a (TBI) Traumatic Brain Injury. Now that the weather is getting nice there are going to be more motorcyclists out on the roads. Drivers, please be aware of your surrounding and double check for bikes before changing lanes. Motorcyclists, always wear a helmet.
A helmet is the most effective protection for a motorcyclist. While helmets do not prevent crashes they do save lives. Riders who experience a crash while not wearing a helmet are 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury. See the figure below to see what your state requires.
Spending time on the back of a motorcycle can be a lot of fun and full of adventure! People ride motorcycles for all sorts of reasons: the thrill of the ride, the affordability of gas, or maybe the sense of community. We want you to enjoy your ride but please be safe and protect yourself.
If you had seen the victim on the ground, would you have known what to do? How about if he was unconscious or not breathing? Learn CPR & First Aid today.
Everyone should learn these life saving skills. We offer American Heart Association CPR classes that will have you leaving confident in your ability to help save a life. At CPR Choice, we help you help others! Need a BLS for healthcare providers class? We teach those too!
For CPR training information check out our training calendar. Now offering high quality CPR classes in:
Last week was such an exciting week for us! We love this time of year as it brings a lot of attention to the things we are passionate about. With February being American Heart Month and yesterday being National Wear Red day we wanted to do something to help raise awareness and to give back to our community. We thought that the best things that we could do is offer a free community CPR class. We also wanted to help inform people about the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and equip people with some ways that they can improve their own heart health. Although heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, 80% is preventable and we want to help our community learn more about prevention. Here are 7 simple things that you can do to create a healthier heart!
We were asked by, WATE Channel 6, to come and interview to share our event with the community. I did two interviews; one for the morning news and one again at 5:30PM. It was a great experience. Although I have been doing public speaking for over 15 years it was still a new experience. I definitely think it was easier the 2nd time. The first time I wasn’t really sure what to expect and wasn’t given much prep. It was fun though and a lot of people heard about our free class and we had a full house last night. A big thanks to Shelby Miller & Kristin Farley for having us on their show.
Last night we taught the friends and family CPR course and helped people learn: hands-only CPR, how to help someone that is choking, how to use an AED and child CPR. We all had a great time! All the participants did a great job and left with lots of goodies. Not only did we provide some informational tips but also gave each participant some goodies including a CPR face mask and valentine! We are so grateful to be able to share our passion with our community!
It was awesome to see so many people wearing red yesterday! Every where I went people were proudly wearing red. We challenged our followers to post their selfies wearing red and offered a free gift. Our free gift winner is Charissa Knouff!
If you didn’t get a chance to make it to our free class but you still want to learn, come join us for a CPR course in Knoxville, Maryville or the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee. We offer CPR classes multiple times per week in west Knoxville and at least once a week in the surrounding area. We are offering all participants a $5 discount the entire month of February if they wear red to class! So join us and register for CPR today.
The American Heart Association is now offering eCards for their provider courses. An eCard in the electronic equivalent of a printed course completion card. eCards are valid course completion cards and can be presented to schools and employers as proof of successful completion of an AHA course. Just like printed CPR course completion cards, eCards will expire two years from the issue date.
Students cannot receive both an eCard and printed card. eCards are an alternative to printed cards. Only one AHA course completion card can be issued per student for each successfully completed course. However, e cards can be printed by both the student or instructor if necessary. Employers may verify that an eCard is authentic by entering the card information at www.heart.org/cpr/mycards.
CPR Choice is excited to start using eCards. These just became available Tennessee training centers last week. We will be giving them as an option for CPR & First Aid students. We will be offering eCards for the following courses:
- Basic Life Support BLS for Healthcare Providers
- Heartsaver® CPR AED
- Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED
- Heartsaver® First Aid
- Pediatric First Aid CPR AED
If you have any additional questions about eCards or CPR/First Aid training in the Knoxville or Tri-Cities area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer CPR classes to the public multiple times per week as well as offer on-site CPR training at your location.
Sources: AHA eCards reference guide
Twice a year the Knoxville Chamber hosts their networking event, Schmooz-A-Palooza! CPR Choice has attended the event several times but this year we will be participating as an exhibitor! Get ready for one of Knoxville’s best business networking events. Come visit our CPR Choice booth! We will be demonstrating Hands-Only CPR as well as giving away some free stuff!
What: Knoxville’s Schmooz-A-Palooza Networking event
When: March 3rd, 4-7PM
Where: Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Highway, Knoxville, TN, 37912
Why: Networking! Learn why CPR Choice is Knoxville’s best choice for CPR training
How: Register on the Knoxville Chamber Website, $5 members or $10 non-members
CPR Choice provides CPR, AED, First Aid, and Safety training to government, corporate and school sectors, industry, private enterprise, and small business as well as individuals. We deliver high-quality classes and provide certifications through the American Heart Association and American Safety & Health Institute.
Our mission is to SAVE LIVES! Whether you request our training programs on-site, or visit one of our locations, we are available for you, at your convenience. Come learn about our Knoxville CPR classes!