Bruce-Grey County Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

Bruce-Grey County Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

KINCARDINE, ON, 15/12/06

Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Ontario and other key provincial and community partners, is launching the ACT High School CPR Program in Kincardine. The launch will take place at 11:00 a.m. at Kincardine District School, 885 River Lane. The Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board are embracing this award-winning program. Twelve-hundred (1,200) Grade 9 students from 13 high schools will be empowered to save lives every year thanks to this initiative and will take their life saving skills to their communities, which include: Chesley, Flesherton, Hanover, Kincardine, Lion’s Head, Meaford, Owen Sound, Port Elgin, Walkerton and Wiarton.

“The ACT Foundation provides our young people with important life saving skills and gives them the tools to live a Bruce-Grey healthy lifestyle,” says Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power, which has donated more than $18,000 and will act as the Bruce-Grey community partner for the Foundation. “What a positive impact; empowering our youth and giving them the confidence to react in an emergency, while at the same time creating a healthier and safer community. Bruce Power whole heartedly supports this initiative.”

Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. With eight in 10 cardiac arrests occurring at home, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

The Ontario government is a major partner in this initiative. “This program is an excellent way of preparing Ontario’s youth for emergencies both at home and in their communities,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell. “I am proud to be part of a government that directly, and through The Ontario Trillium Foundation, funds programs like this that make real progress in bettering communities across Ontario.”

The ACT High School CPR Program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support says Sandra Clarke, ACT Foundation Executive Director. “We are thrilled with the support of ACT’s partners. Without them, the Bruce-Grey County program would not be possible,” says Clarke.

Through the ACT Foundation’s public / private funding partnership model, 315 CPR training mannequins have been donated to the 13 Bruce-Grey County high schools and 27 physical education teachers have been trained as CPR Instructors. The community partner in Bruce-Grey is Bruce Power, and in addition to program funds from the Ontario government, the ACT Foundation has received provincial-level funding for the program from Hydro One, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and Shoppers Drug Mart.

The ACT Foundation’s goal in Ontario is to expand the CPR program to the remaining 40 per cent of high schools in the province that do not yet have the program. To help make this possible, ACT has secured a commitment of $650,000 from the Ontario government through its public / private funding partnership. To date, the ACT High School CPR Program is in over 400 Ontario high schools and about 600,000 Ontario students have been empowered to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. The Foundation has already established the CPR program in over 900 high schools across Canada and over 900,000 youth have been trained to date. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering youth to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

Sudbury Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

Sudbury Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

SUDBURY, ON, 15/12/06

Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with the Ontario government and other key provincial and community partners, is launching the ACT High School CPR Program in Sudbury. The launch will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Marymount Academy, 165 D’Youville St. The Conseil scolaire de district du Grand Nord de l’Ontario, Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Nouvel-Ontario, Rainbow District School Board and Sudbury Catholic District School Board are embracing this award-winning program. Twenty-six hundred (2,600) Grade 9 students from 31 high schools will be empowered to save lives every year thanks to this initiative and will take their lifesaving skills to their communities, which include: Chelmsford, Elliot Lake, Espanola, Garson, Hanmer, Lively, Longlac, Manitouwadge, Marathon, Noëlville, Sudbury, Valcaron, Wawa and West Bay.

“I fully support the Sudbury High School CPR Program because it teaches students a life-saving skill. They learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and it also may help prevent heart disease in the future in our community,” says Dr. Robert Lepage, Emergency Physician of the Sudbury Regional Hospital and Medical Director for the ACT High School CPR Program. “Sudbury has one of the highest incidences of heart disease in Canada. If we can teach high school students that choosing not to smoke, exercising and eating a healthy diet will reduce heart disease, fewer people in Sudbury will be affected by this disease in 15 to 20 years.”

Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. With eight in 10 cardiac arrests occurring at home, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

The Ontario government is a major partner of this initiative. “Providing local students with practical knowledge on how to save lives will certainly pay big dividends to all residents of Greater Sudbury,” says Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines. “Not only will Grade 9 students in our area learn to apply life-saving techniques, but they will also learn to recognize and prevent the risks associated with coronary heart disease. I am pleased that the Ontario government has partnered with the ACT Foundation, and look forward to the success of this initiative.”

The ACT High School CPR Program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support says Sandra Clarke, ACT Foundation Executive Director. “We are thrilled with the support of ACT’s partners. Without them, the Sudbury program would not be possible,” says Clarke.

Through the ACT Foundation’s public / private funding partnership model, 580 CPR training mannequins have been donated to the 31 Sudbury-area high schools and 71 physical education teachers have been trained as CPR Instructors. Lead community partners in Sudbury are Inco Limited, the Sudbury Regional Hospital Emergency Physicians, and Tracks and Wheels. In addition to program funds from the Ontario government, the ACT Foundation has also received provincial-level funding for the program from Hydro One, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and Shoppers Drug Mart.

The ACT Foundation’s goal in Ontario is to expand the CPR program to the remaining 40 per cent of high schools that do not yet have the program. To help make this possible, ACT has secured a commitment of $650,000 from the Ontario government through its public / private funding partnership. To date, the ACT High School CPR Program is in over 400 Ontario high schools and about 600,000 Ontario students have been empowered to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. The Foundation has already established the CPR program in over 900 high schools across Canada and over 900,000 youth have been trained to date. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering youth to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

Ontario high school students give MPPs a lesson in lifesaving

Ontario high school students give MPPs a lesson in lifesaving

TORONTO, ON, 18/10/06

October 18, 2006 – Queen’s Park, Committee Room 2, First Floor, West Wing – At 1:00 p.m., the Honorable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education and the Honorable Jim Watson, Minister of Health Promotion, will address MPPs and guests about the importance of youth learning CPR through their high school education. The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation will pair Toronto high school students with MPPs for a lesson in lifesaving.

“I’m proud of our partnership with the ACT Foundation and the work we’ve done, together, to teach young people about the importance of CPR,” said Premier McGuinty. “ACT’s programs help to save lives, and by giving more Ontarians a chance to learn CPR, more lives will be saved in the future.”

This award-winning program is strongly supported by the Government of Ontario, which is helping fund the implementation of high school CPR throughout Ontario. Following the ACT Foundation’s 1994 High School CPR pilot project in Ottawa, the program has become a national model for cities across Canada on the endless value of empowering youth to save lives.

“I would like to commend the ACT Foundation for their excellent efforts to teach young people the vital skills of CPR,” says Minister of Health Promotion, Jim Watson. “Ross Griffith, from my home-town of Ottawa, saved Arnie Swedler’s life because he knew how to administer CPR. Arnie Swedler is alive today because of this skill and the McGuinty Government encourages all students to learn it as well,” says Watson.

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home, learning CPR is important. “Research indicates that citizen CPR can increase survival rates for victims of cardiac arrest by almost fourfold,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke. “By establishing the CPR program in high schools, all youth will learn how to save a life and also learn the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle,” says Clarke.

The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. The Foundation is driving a national campaign to establish CPR in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for mannequins and teacher training needed by schools for program set-up. High school teachers then teach CPR to their students. To date, more than 600,000 students in approximately 400 Ontario schools have been empowered to save lives.

ABOUT ACT’s PARTNERS:
The success of the ACT High School CPR Program is made possible with the support of the Government of Ontario and ACT provincial program partners Hydro One, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and community partners like the Kiwanis Club of Toronto.

ACT’s corporate health partners, Canadian companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry, are committed to ACT’s goal of establishing high school CPR throughout Ontario and across Canada. They are: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis.

ACT National High School CPR Program Reaches B.C.

ACT National High School CPR Program Reaches B.C.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 24/02/06

Would you know what to do if faced with a cardiac emergency?
Imagine a cross-Canada lifeline of emergency responders who do. A lifeline made up of the country’s youth, all equipped with the knowledge and skills to save a life.

The recent expansion of the award-winning ACT High School CPR Program to British Columbia brings this concept one step closer, says Sandra Clarke, executive director of the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, the non-profit organization that created the program.

“With tens of thousands of Canadian youth being equipped each year with the knowledge to prevent cardiovascular disease and the skills to respond in emergency situations, the potential for saving lives is endless,” says Clarke. She adds the program is especially important given that research indicates eight in 10 cardiac arrests occur at home and citizen CPR can improve survival rates for victims of cardiac arrest by almost fourfold.

The ACT High School CPR Program in B.C. will officially launch on Feb. 24 in Surrey. ACT is working in partnership with the BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) and its paramedics’ union, the Ambulance Paramedics of BC (APBC), to bring the program to B.C. high schools. Other communities launching the program in February and March are Comox Valley and Kamloops. Upon completion of a “20-school phase,” the program will see about 6,000 B.C. students from 17 communities trained in CPR every year. These students will join the more than 700,000 Canadian youth in over 700 high schools who have been trained through the ACT High School CPR Program to date.

With recent findings from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada revealing that poor lifestyle choices of today’s aging baby boomers are increasing their susceptibility to cardiovascular disease and other health problems, Clarke says ACT’s legion of heart-smart youth could not be more timely — or more necessary.

“These youth are the lifesavers of both today and tomorrow,” says Clarke. “And with the possibility of an impending increase in cardiovascular disease, they are truly needed more than ever.”

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is a national, non-profit organization driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. For more information visit:www.actfoundation.ca.