Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Be the Beat"

The American Heart Association’s new “Be the Beat” initiative is focused on fun ways to educate teens and tweens on the basics of CPR and build confidence by encouraging them to be ready to save a life. Your students can discover the where they can join the nationwide movement of teens who are ready to save a life and become the next generation of lifesavers by learning CPR and how to use an AED. is designed specifically for teens and tweens to provide a user- friendly, age appropriate site to help students learn how to save a life using CPR/AEDs. Users can find the following resources on the site:

  • The Basics: Three instructional videos that demonstrate conventional CPR with breaths, Hands-OnlyTM CPR and how to use an AED.
  • The Heart Trek Experience: Virtual tour through a 3-D animated version of the heart in which participants earn points by playing video games and taking interactive quizzes.
  • The World of Hearts: Users create unique avatars, track and compare their scores in the Heart Track Experience with other users and view profiles and testimonies of other participants.
  • Music Playlist: A downloadable playlist of 100-beat-per-minute songs (100 beats per minute is the correct rate for chest compressions during CPR).
  • Stuff: Free printable stickers, T-shirt decals and stationery, and free downloadable widgets and wallpapers.

There is also a specific website set up for teachers and educators that provides lesson plans, as well as expert advice, current legislation and programs that support CPR and AED education in schools.

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