CELEBRATING HEART MONTH: Thousands of Calgary High School Students Empowered to Save Lives Thanks to Support From the Kiwanis Clubs of Calgary!

CELEBRATING HEART MONTH: Thousands of Calgary High School Students Empowered to Save Lives Thanks to Support From the Kiwanis Clubs of Calgary!

AB, 26/02/09

CALGARY, Alberta – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is thrilled to announce that this year 12,000 Grade 10 students in Calgary will be empowered to save lives thanks to the continuous support from the Kiwanis Clubs of Calgary.

In 2001, the Kiwanis Clubs of Calgary (Chinook, Northmount, Metro, Downtown and Foothills) took the lead by helping establish the ACT High School CPR Program in the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Roman Catholic School Board. This was done in partnership with the ACT Foundation, Alberta Education, Calgary EMS and the STARS Foundation.

Recently, the Kiwanis Clubs donated an additional $20,000 to replenish training mannequins for 33 Calgary high schools. Thanks to the ongoing support of the Kiwanis Clubs of Calgary, more than 65, 000 Calgary youth have been trained to save a life through the ACT High School CPR Program.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, the ACT Foundation invites media to attend the celebration of Heart Month and the ACT High School CPR program in Calgary. At this event, students will demonstrate the lifesaving CPR skills they have learned in a dramatic re-enactment of an emergency situation.

“Kiwanis Clubs of Calgary serve the needs of the community where its members live and work. This program empowers young people to assume responsibility and save lives. Everyone in the community benefits,” says Murray Smith, Chair of the Kiwanis Committee for the ACT High School CPR Program. “One never knows – the life saved may be yours.”

Eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home and research indicates that citizen CPR can improve survival rates by almost fourfold.

“The Chain of Survival begins at the moment a patient’s illness or injury occurs. The first link must be strong, durable and talented,” says Dr. Greg Powell, President and CEO, STARS Foundation, a founding provincial partner. “The ACT High School CPR Program builds that link and we at STARS are proud to play a role.”

Community partnerships are key to the success of the ACT program. The Calgary Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department supports the program by training high school teachers as CPR instructors for their students. The STARS Foundation is a major founding partner of the ACT Program throughout Alberta.

The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT’s national partners are AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s goal of establishing CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school.

“We are thrilled with the support of ACT’s partners. Without them, the program would not be possible,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke.

For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca .

School District No. 58 Nicola-Similkameen Teachers to Empower Local Students to Save Lives

School District No. 58 Nicola-Similkameen Teachers to Empower Local Students to Save Lives

BC, 20/02/09

Princeton, BC – On February 20th, 12 teachers from School District No. 58 Nicola-Similkameen will be trained to empower students with lifesaving CPR skills and heart health education through the award winning Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) High School CPR Program.

Teachers from both Merritt and Princeton Secondary School will participate in the ACT High School CPR Teacher Training Workshop at Princeton Secondary School. This training will enable the teachers to empower 213 local youth with CPR each year.

The ACT High School CPR Program is built on a strong community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT helps communities find local partners who donate the mannequins, curriculum materials, and teacher training that schools need to set up the program. Secondary school teachers then teach CPR to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation.

In School District No. 58 Nicola-Similkameen, ACT is receiving funding from lead community partner Interior Savings Credit Union. Thanks to a grant of $5,360, participating secondary schools in Merritt and Princeton will receive curriculum materials as well as 50 CPR mannequins. This grant is part of a larger donation totaling $36,800 from Interior Savings Credit Union to bring the ACT High School CPR Program to the secondary schools in School Districts No. 53 Okanagan-Similkameen, No. 58 Nicola-Similkameen, and No.73 Kamloops/Thompson.

“Training teachers to teach youth how to save a life is a tremendous asset to our communities,” says Interior Savings VP of Marketing and Communications Gene Creelman. “This program will have many benefits since it is sustainable over time, and we will continue to see its positive impact year after year.”

The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) and the paramedics’ union, the Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia – CUPE Local 873 (CUPE), are working in partnership with the ACT Foundation and community partners to bring the ACT High School CPR Program to all BC public secondary schools. BCAS provides ongoing project funding and CUPE paramedics volunteer their time to train secondary school teachers to teach CPR to their students. When the program achieves full implementation in BC, approximately 50,000 youth will be trained in CPR each year.

The February 20th teacher training is being provided by Rob Sanderson, CPR instructor and retired BCAS paramedic. The ACT High School CPR Program is supported at the national level by companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis.

Cardiovascular disease accounts for more than one fifth of all deaths in BC. Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. With eight in 10 out-of-hospital 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.

“It’s estimated that only 15 per cent of British Columbians know CPR,” said BCAS Vice-President of Medical Programs Dr. Jim Christenson. “Even with the best technology, medical expertise and timely deployment of first responders, the best chance for someone in cardiac arrest is still to have a bystander perform CPR until paramedics can provide professional CPR and defibrillation.”

In addition to empowering youth to save lives, the ACT Program has a strong health promotion message, says Sandra Clarke, Executive Director of the ACT Foundation. “Students learn about risk factors for heart disease and the importance of adopting heart healthy lifestyle behaviors at a young age. They will then bring their health promotion message and lifesaving skills to their present and future families,” says Clarke.

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in more than 1,200 schools nation-wide, empowering more than 900,000 youth to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable 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 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 Canadians to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

School District No. 53 Okanagan-Similkameen Teachers to Empower Local Students to Save Lives

School District No. 53 Okanagan-Similkameen Teachers to Empower Local Students to Save Lives

OLIVER, BC, 01/30/09

On January 30th, nine teachers from School District No. 53 Okanagan-Similkameen will be trained to empower their students with lifesaving CPR and heart health education through the award-winning ACT High School CPR Program.

Teachers from Osoyoos Secondary School, Similkameen Elementary/Secondary School and Southern Okanagan Secondary School will participate in the ACT High School CPR Teacher Training Workshop at the School District Board Office (Annex). This training will enable the teachers to empower 255 local youth with CPR each year.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation in partnership with the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) and the Ambulance Paramedics of BC – CUPE Local 873 (APBC) is working to bring the ACT High School CPR Program to all BC youth. In School District No. 53 Okanagan-Similkameen, ACT is receiving funding from lead community partner Interior Savings Credit Union. Thanks to a grant of almost $8,000, participating secondary schools in Osoyoos, Keremeos and Oliver will receive curriculum materials as well as 70 CPR mannequins. This grant is part of a larger grant totaling $36,800 from Interior Savings Credit Union to bring the ACT High School CPR Program to the secondary schools in School Districts No. 53 Okanagan-Similkameen, No. 58 Nicola-Similkameen, and No.73 Kamloops/Thompson.

“Training teachers to teach youth how to save a life is a tremendous asset to our communities,” says Gene Creelman, VP Marketing and Communications of Interior Savings. “This program will have many benefits since it is sustainable over time, and we will continue to see its positive impact year after year.”

The ACT High School CPR Program is built on a strong community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT helps communities find local partners who donate the mannequins, curriculum materials, and teacher training that schools need to set up the program. Secondary school teachers then teach CPR to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. In BC, ACT is partnering with BCAS and APBC to establish the program in all BC public secondary schools. Full implementation in this province will see approximately 50,000 youth trained in CPR annually.

Teacher training in BC is provided by local paramedics, who volunteer their time to prepare teachers to teach the program to their students. The January 30 teacher training is being provided by Wayne Smith, BCAS Paramedic and CPR instructor. The ACT High School CPR Program is supported at the national level by companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis.

Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death and accounts for more than one fifth of all deaths in BC. Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. With eight in 10 out-of-hospital 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.

“It’s estimated that only 15 per cent of British Columbians know CPR,” said BCAS Vice-President of Medical Programs Dr. Jim Christenson. “Even with the best technology, medical expertise and timely deployment of first responders, the best chance for someone in cardiac arrest is still to have a bystander perform CPR until paramedics can provide professional CPR and defibrillation.”

In addition to empowering youth to save lives, the ACT Program has a strong health promotion message, says Sandra Clarke, Executive Director of the ACT Foundation. “Students learn about risk factors for heart disease and the importance of adopting heart healthy lifestyle behaviors at a young age. They will then bring their health promotion message and lifesaving skills to their present and future families,” says Clarke.

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in over 1,200 schools nation-wide, empowering more than 900,000 youth to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable 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 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 Canadians to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

School District No. 63 Saanich Teachers to Empower Local Students to Save Lives

School District No. 63 Saanich Teachers to Empower Local Students to Save Lives

SIDNEY, BC, 01/28/09

On Wednesday, 12 secondary school teachers from School District No. 63 Saanich will be trained to empower their students with lifesaving CPR and heart health education through the award-winning ACT High School CPR Program.

Teachers from Claremont Secondary School and Parkland Secondary School will participate in the ACT High School CPR Teacher Training Workshop at Parkland Secondary School. This training will enable the teachers to empower 446 local youth with CPR each year.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation in partnership with the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) and the Ambulance Paramedics of BC – CUPE Local 873 (APBC) is working to bring the ACT High School CPR Program to all BC youth. In School District No. 63 Saanich, ACT is receiving funding from the TELUS Victoria Community Board. Thanks to a grant of $12,120, each participating secondary school in School District No. 63 Saanich, will receive curriculum materials as well as 30 CPR mannequins. This grant is part of a larger grant totaling $19,600 from the TELUS Victoria Community Board to bring the ACT High School CPR Program to the secondary schools in School District No. 62 Sooke and No. 63 Saanich.

“Teaching CPR to students and teachers, who in turn train others, is an important life-saving program with short and long term benefits,” said Mel Cooper, Chair of the TELUS Victoria Community Board.

The ACT High School CPR Program is built on a strong community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT helps communities find local partners who donate the mannequins, curriculum materials, and teacher training that schools need to set up the program. Secondary school teachers then teach CPR to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. In BC, ACT is partnering with BCAS and APBC to establish the program in all BC public secondary schools. Full implementation in this province will see approximately 50,000 youth trained in CPR annually.

Teacher training in BC is provided by local paramedics, who volunteer their time to prepare teachers to teach the program to their students. The January 28 teacher training is being provided by Norene Parke, BCAS Regional Training Officer, Victoria Post-South Island. The ACT High School CPR Program is supported at the national level by companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis.

Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death and accounts for more than one fifth of all deaths in BC. Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. With eight in 10 out-of-hospital 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.

“It’s estimated that only 15 per cent of British Columbians know CPR,” said BCAS Vice-President of Medical Programs Dr. Jim Christenson. “Even with the best technology, medical expertise and timely deployment of first responders, the best chance for someone in cardiac arrest is still to have a bystander perform CPR until paramedics can provide professional CPR and defibrillation.”

In addition to empowering youth to save lives, the ACT Program has a strong health promotion message, says Sandra Clarke, Executive Director of the ACT Foundation. “Students learn about risk factors for heart disease and the importance of adopting heart healthy lifestyle behaviors at a young age. They will then bring their health promotion message and lifesaving skills to their present and future families,” said Clarke.
To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in over 1,200 schools nation-wide, empowering more than 900,000 youth to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable 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 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 Canadians to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.