I have seen the difference advocacy makes and I strongly support the efforts of the American Heart Association to make our great state an even healthier place to live. It is wonderful to be able to eat at a smoke-free restaurant and to know that all newborns will be screened for critical congenital heart defects. These types of efforts - these types of policies - save lives.
There has been enormous success but I know there is much work left to do. One area I strongly support is requiring CPR as a graduation requirement for all our high school students. CPR and early defibrillation is critical to the survival of victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The combination of early, immediate CPR and defibrillation can more than double or triple a victim’s chances of survival.
By requiring training in CPR for all Nebraska high school students, we have an opportunity to create a generation in which every brother, sister, son, daughter, friend and complete stranger is trained in CPR and is prepared to save lives. Please get involved in the advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association and help save lives.