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CPR Choice at The Healthy Living Expo, Knoxville

December 7, 2014 Cheryl Smith AED, Awareness and Prevention, Breast Cancer, Children's Health, Choking, CPR, CPR Training, Diabetes, Diet and Nutrition, Disease Prevention, Events, First Aid, Hands-Only CPR, Heart Health, Men's Health, Uncategorized, Women's Health

CPR Choice at The Healthy Living ExpoThe Healthy Living Expo is coming up!  Get ready for Knoxville’s largest Health & Fitness Expo.  AND…Guess What??  CPR Choice will be participating this year!  We will be doing live CPR demonstrations as well as teaching classes and handing out information at our booth.  Come visit us and learn “hands-only” CPR and get some information and goodies!  We will also be teaching a Friends & Family class each day of the expo. The class will be $10 and all proceeds will be donated to The American Heart Association.

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 9am-3pm (Family & Friends CPR @ 2PM, click to sign up)
Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 9am-4pm (Family & Friends CPR @ 2PM, click to sign up)

Knoxville Convention Center, Booth #121


Admission to the expo is $10 at the door or FREE if you get your tickets ahead of time.
Seniors FREE on Friday, Children 12 and under FREE


The area’s largest event focused on health, fitness, nutrition and living green returns for it’s eleventh year to the Knoxville Convention Center January 23-24, 2015. Over 130 individual companies fill more than 250 exhibits. The Expo continues to grow each year from its launch in 2005 and expects approximately 10,000 visitors!  The Healthy Living Expo offers interactive, educational exhibits, demonstrations and presentations.  Best of all, it is FREE when you get tickets before the doors open.

Some of the features for the 2014 Expo:

  • Natural Awakenings Natural Health Pavilion
  • Life Saving Skills taught by CPR Choice
  • Chiropractic Care Pavilion
  • Various Important Health Checks
  • Healthy Food Sampling Booths
  • Hundreds of prizes given away both days!

Cigna Healthcare takes the lead promoting employee wellness by sponsoring tickets to the expo for any company that registers on The Healthy Living Expo website. Whether you have a handful of employees or one of the largest employers in our region, registration only takes a few minutes at the website, then you can offer:

From natural health products to fitness companies, you will find a plethora of new ways to get fit and get healthy at The Healthy Living Expo, including life saving techniques from CPR Choice!

What could be more important than knowing how to save someone in a life threatening situation? The Expo is proud to have CPR Choice demonstrate on stage some of the techniques you can learn when you take a CPR class. You can even take a class while you are at the expo, so by the time you leave you can be prepared to properly assist someone with life saving skills!

Natural Health Pavilion
This section of The Healthy Living Expo has companies with products and services that have a natural health aspect. Natural Awakenings Magazine, the foremost leader in our community promoting natural health is the sponsor of this area. Everything from household products, nutritional supplements to local green suppliers are found in the pavilion promoting a healthy mind, body and planet.

Chiropractic Care Pavilion
In keeping with the natural health approach to wellness is the Chiropractic Care pavilion. Three top chiropractic health professionals host this section with information about whole body wellness using natural health solutions.

FUN Outdoors
Getting outdoors, taking walks and hikes, visiting local parks are all part of living healthy so the City of Knoxville sponsors this area to inform our community of these available resources. Look for many associations and businesses offering information and products for outdoor fun for the entire family available right here in East Tennessee.

Get FIT with Health Checks
More than a dozen free health checks are available at the Expo. Screenings for allergies, blood pressure and a list of other simple tests will be listed at under the health check tab.

Local Chef Walter and other experts using healthy products create FABULOUS foods at the Eat Right stage then share samples with visitors.  And after each segment, prizes are drawn for those attending. In addition to the stage presentations, numerous exhibitors offer samples of healthy products.

Get Active to stay FIT!
Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center takes the lead on this stage with plenty of ideas for getting active. Music fills the area for two days highlighting numerous ways to become more active. Demonstrations are exciting to watch, inviting to participate and created for visitors of all ages.

It is informative and fun!  Come check it out!  This is a prime opportunity to find ideas, products, and services from the many exhibitors! CPR Choice is offering these Family & Friends CPR classes as a public service. All proceeds from this class will be donated directly to the American Heart Association.

Join the Promise

October 15, 2014 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, Breast Cancer

Have you signed up? Race for the Cure, Oct 18th!

cure 2The Knoxville Susan G Komen Race for the Cure is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014. The 5k run/walk is celebrating 18 years and is one of the Knoxville affiliates largest fundraiser, with 75% of all the proceeds staying here in our community. The Knoxville affiliate serves 16 counties in Tennessee, including Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cock, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Road, Sevier, Scott and Union, providing education, screening and treatment support for those diagnosed with breast cancer. This affiliate plays an important role in our community and needs our support!

Survivor Spotlight – Liza Graves- 18 year survivor, former Lady Vols basketball player, avid runner, true friend

Liza Graves understands the fear of diagnosis and treatments. She was diagnosed in October 1996 at the age of 39. The diagnosis led to a bilateral mastectomy, five to six months of chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery.   As a friend, I’ve watched her offer love, support, and an ear to anyone that she feels needs to hear her story. What a comfort to relate to someone who has been in your shoes, walked your same path and has an amazing spirit.

In her recent interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel, recognizing breast cancer awareness month, Liza explained that her cancer diagnosis helped her prioritize and make better choices. She lives her life with a different perspective as a result of her diagnosis. Things that might have been a burden before she now embraces with open arms, for example milestone birthdays.

Look for her on October 18th at the Race for the Cure in downtown Knoxville. She’ll be leading the pack of survivors, cheering on her “teammates”, fellow cancer fighters and survivors, and mingling with the crowd before and after the race. You’ll feel her spirit and be inspired—we promise!

Join us on Saturday, October 18th at the World’s Fair Park. Registration starts at 6:30am and the 5k starts at 8:30am. For more information go to

Join the promise! Make a difference!

A Month of Pink!

October 12, 2014 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, Breast Cancer, Women's Health

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! An annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.   The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. Everyone is affected by breast cancers- men and women, families, care givers, friends, co-workers….Statistically 1 in 8 will have breast cancer in their lifetime.

As most of you are awabreastcancer (1)re the pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons, and the color pink in general, identify the breast cancer brand and express support for woman and men with breast cancer. The first known use of a pink ribbon in connection with breast cancer awareness was in the fall of 1991, when the Susan G Komen Foundation
handed out the pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for
breast cancers.   By 1992, it was adopted as the official symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness.

A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings. For all you sports fans, I love that the NFL joins in too!   They promote breast cancer awareness by incorporating pink on and off the field!

How can you reduce your risk?

  1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity may increase the risk of developing post-menopausal breast and ovarian cancers. Women who weight 40% or more above normal weight are advised to choose a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, fruits and whole grains and low in processed foods, sugars and meats.
  2. Get fit. Remember moderate exercise also improves the immune system’s ability to protect the body against unhealthy cellular activity. So, you don’t have to do strenuous exercise to see benefits!
  3. Limit alcohol consumption.
  4. Quit smoking.
  5. Get checked. Women should perform self-exams, get regulator clinical examples and schedule regular mammograms. Early detection is the key and provides the best change against breast cancer.

Talking to your doctor about your risk of breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours has had breast or ovarian cancer, can help you both decide when and how often to get a mammogram.

Join us in the effort to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Look for events in the area to get involved in and provide support!

Why Should You Choose CPR Choice?

CPR Choice, Knoxville Real Testimonials

"Best CPR Class I've ever attended."

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"I highly recommend CPR Choice for healthcare provider certification! It was easy to schedule and Cheryl kept the class interesting and informative. This was by far my best experience taking a CPR class. Thanks Cheryl!"

"I have been taking an annual CPR class for about eight years now, and never before now have I felt like I had such a complete grasp on the material."

"Best CPR class I have taken as an RN in 10 yrs! The instructor, Kristy, was the best instructor! Systematic approach to teaching with tons of energy and obvious interest in teaching CPR. Thank you!"

"I'll be back in two years for renewal! Thanks CPR Choice!"


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