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May 6, 2014 > CPR 7 Training held at Newark Jr. High

CPR 7 Training held at Newark Jr. High

Submitted By Kerry Knight

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 300,000 people annually. In Alameda County only 28 percent of the victims that sustain cardiac arrest receive CPR in the critical minutes before professional help arrives. Without CPR, a personÕs chance of survival decreases by 7-10 percent every minute.

Over 2,500 Newark residents were trained in CPR this year through the Alameda County sponsored CPR7 program. Newark Junior High School teachers trained 444 seventh graders in CPR during their science classes. Each student was given their own personal CPR kit, which included a manikin and a training DVD, to keep and practice with. In turn, the students went home and trained 2,080 friends and relatives. Last year the junior high trained 1,678 Newark residents through the CPR7 program. Karina Gallo set a new school record training 69 people this year.

Newark business partners Tom and Kelly Thomas, owners of the ÒLove at First Slice Pizza Parlor,Ó donated large pizzas to each of the 7th grade teachers to award the top CPR7 trainers in each of their classes.

This project is funded by SB 12, which are funds generated by speeding tickets on California Highways and no public school funds are used for this project. The CPR7 kits cost $35 each.

For questions on the program, contact: Jamie.Hintzke@acgov.org.

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