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'American Heart Month' in Georgia's 1st 'Heart Ready City'

Johns Creek promotes emergency cardiovascular education
2/14/2011

heart ready, City of Johns CreekDuring February, American Heart Month, Johns Creek – Georgia's first Heart Ready City * – focuses on emergency cardiovascular education through its ongoing "Heart Ready" Program.

A highlight of the program is The Johns Creek Fire Department's "Super CPR Saturday," which returns February 26 with a full day of FREE classes in the proper use of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AEDs (automated external defibrillators).

Based on the American Heart Association's "Family & Friends" program, the non-certification training is provided free, upon request, to the Johns Creek community. Individuals, schools, homeowner associations, youth sports, businesses and service organizations all participate.

Jointly sponsored by the American Heart Association and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Johns Creek's Heart Ready Program has trained more than 800 residents and businesses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of automated external defibrillators since it started in July 2008.

Here's an overview of upcoming "healthy heart happenings" in Johns Creek:

Feb. 1-Mar 2: "Jump Rope for Heart" at Abbotts Hill Elementary and Barnwell elementary schools.

Feb. 5-19: Blood drives at Chattahoochee and Johns Creek high, and Findley Oaks elementary schools.

Feb. 17: "Boosterthon Fun Run" at Dolvin Elementary School.

Feb. 21, 7 pm: "Chest Pain: Diagnosis and Management", public forum, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Frist Auditorium.

Feb. 23: Johns Creek Firefighters train Northview High School health classes in CPR and AED use.

Feb. 26: "Super CPR Saturday," a full-day of Free CPR and AED classes: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., Newtown Community Clubhouse, (adjacent to Newtown Park), 3115 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022. Reserve your space today: 678-512-3221.

Mar. 7: Johns Creek Firefighters train Chattahoochee High School health classes in CPR and AED use.

* Johns Creek, Georgia, was recognized with the American Heart Association's "Heart Ready City Award" in 2008 for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to saving lives through the implementation of model emergency cardiovascular programs in the city.