June 1-7 was National CPR/AED Awareness Week and that means a lot of Heart Association volunteers getting the word out about how to save lives through CPR and AEDs. In Arkansas, You’re the Cure advocate Diana Boulton took it upon herself to educate Congressional offices near her home town.
Diana visited the in-district offices of Senator John Boozman and Senator Mark Pryor to teach their staff members just how easy it is to learn the basics of CPR. The staff members took part in hands-on CPR training and learned how to give chest compressions to someone suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest.
During the training session a short advocacy presentation was given asking for Congressional support for NIH research funding and rural/community AED placements. The Congressional staff members in each office were also given a brief overview of state activities surrounding CPR/AEDs and other legislative priorities.
Thanks to Diana and all the other volunteers for spreading the word during National CPR/AED Awareness Week!!