Did you hear the big news? We’ve reached an amazing milestone in our campaign to teach all students to be ‘CPR Smart’! 17 states now require CPR training as a graduation requirement, which adds up to over one million annual graduates who are prepared to save a life. Congratulations to all of the You’re the Cure advocates and community partners who have spoken-up for training our next generation of life-savers.
But with every advocacy celebration comes a new call to action. 33 states still need to pass legislation to make CPR a graduation requirement and you can help us get there! Here are a couple simple things you can do right now to get the word out:
1) Watch Miss Teen International Haley Pontius share how a bad day can be turned into a day to remember when students know CPR. And don’t forget to share this PSA on social media with the hashtag #CPRinSchools!
2) Do you live in one of the 33 states that have not made CPR a graduation requirement yet? Take our Be CPR Smart pledge to show your support and join the movement. We’ll keep you updated on the progress being made in your state.
We hope you’ll help keep the momentum going as we support many states working to pass this legislation into 2015. Several states have already had success in securing funding for CPR training in schools, but now need to push for the legislature to pass the graduation requirement and in Illinois, the Governor recently signed legislation that requires schools to offer CPR & AED training to students.
Bystander CPR can double or triple survival rates when given right away and with 424,000 people suffering out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year, this law is critical to helping save lives. Thank you for being part of our movement to train the next generation of life-savers!
PS- Inspired to be CPR smart too? Take 60 seconds to learn how to save a life with Hands-Only CPR.
I am an Instructor at North Montco Technical Career Center in Pennsylvania and I am pleased to announce that during the 2013/2014 school year my wife and I certified 37 students in various American Heart Courses. Its not that difficult and I learned that students really want to know and enjoy learning
the skills to save a life. Kudos to them!!!!
Yes, CPR in schools and general public should learn CPR too.
I agree, thank Maryland lawmakers and AHA/ASA for making CPR apart of school requirement and helping the general public to be aware of heart and vascular disease.