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Take Heart. Take Part.

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Take Heart. Take Part. is an educational initiative introduced in February 2014 by Alpha Phi Foundation to educate communities and campuses across North America about life-saving CPR in order to save more lives from cardiac arrest - a leading cause of death. The program is designed to expand public awareness of cardiac arrest, provide the life-saving skill of Hands-Only™ CPR, and implement automated external defibrillator (AED) programs.

Hands-Only™ CPR is compressions without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse. It consists of two easy steps:
1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that)
2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest

Today, the AHA is calling on all citizens to learn how to perform Hands-Only™ CPR, and Alpha Phi Foundation is excited to play an important role in this movement by equipping our members with this life-saving skill.

The AHA has provided CPR training for more than 50 years. The organization currently trains more than 14 million individuals in CPR each year, only 3% of which are lay people.

Every year in the U.S., emergency medical services (EMS) treat almost 420,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests - that's more than 1,000 a day. 88% of these cardiac arrests occur at home, and 90% of victims die before reaching the hospital.

By performing CPR, someone's chance of survival can double - even triple. For these reasons, the most important thing a bystander can do for a person in sudden cardiac arrest is to perform Hands-Only™ CPR to keep blood flowing to the heart and brain.

Alpha Phi Foundation is committed to women's heart health and our Take Heart. Take Part. program takes that commitment one step further. 

The Foundation proudly provided every collegiate chapter with the AHA's innovative Family & Friends® CPR Anytime® training kits and continues to offer the Take Heart. Take Part. curriculum. 

We encourage every Alpha Phi chapter to take advantage of the opportunity to learn Hands-Only™ CPR as a meaningful way to connect with our philanthropic focus on women's heart health. Help us build a legacy of Alpha Phi lifesavers!

Are you interested in hosting a Take Heart. Take Part. Hands-Only™ CPR Training Session for your chapter?  Check out our training resources here!