On February 1, the Metro Jackson Circle of Red joined First Lady Elle Reeves for the 2023 Go Red for Women Lighting Ceremony at the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion. State legislators and American Heart Association volunteers were invited to the event.
During a brief press conference, the First Lady spoke about Heart Month and this year's theme, "Be the Beat" focused on Hands-CPR. This year, we're challenging every household to have someone who knows CPR, to Be the Beat for their family, friends and community. First Lady Reeves also encouraged Mississippians to "go red" on Friday, February 3, National Wear Red, a day dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease in women.
2023 Go Red for Women Chair, Melanie Morgan, spoke about the importance of learning CPR. Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital in the United States. More than 70% of those occur at home. When a person experiences cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Especially if performed immediately, CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective in the first few minutes as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public, and has two simple steps:
Step 1: Call 911 immediately if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse.
Step 2: Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a song with 100 beats per minute. The beat of many familiar songs, including “Stayin’ Alive,” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love,” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie,” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line,” by Johnny Cash, can “Be the Beat” to save a life. Listen to our 'Don't Drop the Beat' playlist for other song suggestions. *The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign is nationally supported by the Elevance Health Foundation.
When seconds matter most, CPR can be the difference in whether your friends and family survive. But not everyone knows how to perform CPR.
To conclude the press conference, Metro Jackson AHA Executive Director, Jennifer Hopping, reminded everyone to wear red on National Wear Red Day. Learn more about National Wear Red Day at goredforwomen.org.
Mary Brinson, Communications & Marketing Director, and Katherine Byrd, Development Director, contributed to the article.