We're excited to share that, thanks in large part to outreach from advocates like you, the Chicago Public School Board recently voted to fund two initiatives that will improve health and save lives: physical education and CPR and AED training.
Sudden Cardiac Arrests (SCAs) can happen at any time, and survival often depends on whether the victim receives bystander CPR and defibrillation via an AED. Over the last 10 years, out-of-hospital SCA survival rates in Chicago have risen from roughly 2% to over 10%. While that is obviously good news, it still leaves significant room for improvement. With this needed funding, Chicago's students will receive the CPR and AED training needed to save lives in the event of cardiac arrest.
The Chicago Board of Education also recently passed a strong new district-wide physical education policy. This new PE policy can help ensure that all of CPS’s roughly 350,000 students have access to high-quality physical education, putting them on the path to a healthier future.
We're excited school leaders have taken steps to pass strong physical education and CPR and AED training policies. If you live in Chicago, we hope you'll take a moment to send them a note of thanks now!
Lauren Peters and Melissa Brown
Your Illinois AHA Advocacy Team