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Benefit Bytes #2: Taking Control of Your Heart Health

By February 6, 2023March 3rd, 2023Benefit Bytes

Heart disease is a major concern in the United States, being the leading cause of death and affecting one in every five people. But the good news is that many cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by controlling risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, poor diet, and lack of physical activity.

February marks American Heart Month, making it the perfect time to prioritize your heart health and take steps to reduce your risk. And while you’re at it, why not consider getting CPR certified? Knowing CPR can save a life, whether it’s a loved one or a stranger in need.

Getting CPR certified is not only easy, but also affordable. Organizations such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council, American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), and Medic First Aid offer certification courses both in-person and online. The certification is valid for two years and can be renewed without much hassle.

JKJ is taking heart health seriously this February. Our team will be getting CPR certified on February 14th after a four-hour online course and a two-hour in-person training session. We have also taken the extra step to test and replace the batteries in our office’s AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).

Additional information about heart health, as well as a list of CPR certification resources are provided at the links below:

Health Health Resources:
Infographic – Heart Attack & Stroke Warning Signs
What Are the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
A Primer on Cardiac Arrest
Move More Fact Sheet

CPR Certification Resources:
American Heart Association (AHA):
American Red Cross:
National Safety Council:
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI):
Medic First Aid:

Make sure to check with your local chapter of these organizations to see if they offer CPR courses in your area.

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