More than 2,000 teens learned the lifesaving skill of CPR on Friday, thanks to the American Heart Association’s Dallas Division, the Frisco ISD, FC Dallas and BBYO, the world’s largest Jewish youth organization.
Cardiac arrest — the abrupt loss of heart function — is a leading cause of death in the United States. The American Heart Association estimates that less than 8 percent of people survive it, largely because they won’t receive immediate CPR from a bystander.
The association has set a goal to train 20 million people in CPR by 2020.Laws in more than 10 states require CPR training for high school graduation, and more states are joining the movement. Schools across the country are playing a role by training students, faculty and staff in CPR.
The Love your Heart CPR training at Memorial Stadium in Frisco, Texas, used the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools kits, which incorporate the latest science and research in a half-hour session for students and adults. Students practice on a manikin while watching skills performed on the DVD, a research-proven way to learn and retain CPR.
The event trained more than 1,800 BBYO students and 200 staff, plus 300 Frisco ISD students.