American Heart Association

CPR program expected to train 1 million students


More than 330,000 middle school students in low-income areas learned CPR during the last school year through a nationwide American Heart Association program supported by Ross Dress for Less.

One middle school near each of the more than 1,100 Ross Dress for Less stores received a […]

August 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

5-year-old’s legacy: CPR in schools


Madison McCarthy died from sudden cardiac arrest at age 5. She would have turned 19 on July 21.

Every year on Madison’s birthday, her parents and two brothers, 17-year-old Michael and 11-year-old Ryan, do something to remember her: a picnic at her grave or watching the […]

San Francisco school district to require CPR training to graduate


San Francisco Unified School District will require all students to learn CPR to graduate.

Passed unanimously by the school board in late May, the requirement will begin with the 2015-2016 school year.

Fewer than half of the roughly 326,000 Americans who have a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital […]

June 5th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |2 Comments

Indiana removes opt-out provision for CPR training in schools


Indiana high school students will be required to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation under new state legislation signed into law Thursday that gets rid of a provision that had allowed schools to opt out of CPR training.

Indiana began requiring CPR training in schools last year with the […]

May 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |2 Comments

Delaware adds CPR to school health curriculum

High school students in Delaware will learn how to perform CPR as part of their graduation requirements under a curriculum change recently adopted by the state’s Board of Education.

The move makes Delaware the 20th state requiring CPR training as a high school graduation requisite and will mean nearly 8,500 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After losing teenage son, family promotes CPR training in high school

No matter the sport, 14-year-old Burke Cobb loved to compete.

The oldest of three boys, Burke played football, basketball, lacrosse and was a swim team member. With all that energy and activity, his mom, Marla Cobb, considered him perfectly healthy.

Until July 19, 2012.
Burke started the day working out with the […]

Governor signs CPR in Schools legislation moving it to next stage

Editors note: Story updated Nov. 4 to reflect that Delaware became 20th state to require CPR in Schools.

New York moved closer this week toward having CPR in Schools after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a revised CPR in Schools bill.

The new law, signed Tuesday, calls for the commissioner of the […]

‘Iolani School AEDs used to help save three lives

When seven years passed without a single use of the Automated External Defibrillators, the ‘Iolani School in Honolulu began to wonder whether the maintenance of the devices was worth it.

Then on May 4, 2012, English teacher Peter Greenhill collapsed in the doorway of the school nurse’s office.

Greenhill, a runner, […]

Indiana students receive CPR in Schools kits for training

More than 315,000 Indiana high school students will learn Hands-Only CPR during the next four years due to a new law requiring instruction in the life-saving skill.

The change requiring CPR training for high school graduation in Indiana began with this school year. This summer, the American Heart Association donated “CPR […]

New Jersey becomes 19th state to require CPR in Schools

Laurie Heavener was talking with another mother outside her daughter’s Girl Scout meeting in Randolph, New Jersey, when her eyes rolled back in her head and she collapsed from cardiac arrest. A high school sophomore administered CPR, just one day after he received training.

More than six years later, Heavener […]