A resilient muscle that’s seldom at rest, the heart is the most important organ in the body. Endlessly pumping blood and beating 100,000 times daily as we go about our routines, the heart is the ultimate workaholic of the human body.
This year, in honor of American Heart Month, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) Healthy Hearts initiative is promoting ways you can show appreciation for your body’s hardest-working organ.
Get involved: Philadelphia-area American Heart Month 2017 events
Healthy Hearts is an exciting initiative with dynamic local partners to address the region’s glaring gaps in bystander CPR-readiness and preventable cardiac episodes. In honor of American Heart Month, the Foundation’s Healthy Hearts partners are engaging the community through the following events:
Over the past ten years, Simon’s Fund has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Throughout the month, Simon’s Fund is donating five AED devices to local youth facilities through their AED Madness text-and-give campaign. An AED is an effective and simple-to-use tool that can save the life of a person experiencing cardiac arrest. To get involved, root for your favorite teams at any of the following basketball games. At halftime you’ll get a chance to watch a PSA on sudden cardiac arrest and vote for a local youth facility to receive an AED:
- February 12: University of Pennsylvania vs. Cornell University
- February 22: Temple University vs. University of Central Florida
- March 1: St. Joseph’s University vs. University of Rhode Island
The Mobile CPR Project
On February 18, you can join the Mobile CPR Project at The Free Library of Philadelphia for We <3 Hearts: A Family Heart Healthy Day. The event is in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, the American Heart Association, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with featured events on activities that promote heart health and wellness for all ages.
With support from the Foundation, the Mobile CPR Project delivers free CPR education and training to community members through a 30-minute training session and video. This initiative is overseen by Penn Medicine’s Center for Resuscitation Science and is looking for community groups to sign up for a free group training session.