New Law Requires CPR Training for Missouri Students

The governor of Missouri has just signed a new bill into state law that requires that Missouri high school students to take CPR training. Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, students must take 30 minutes of CPR training, as well as instruction in how to perform the Heimlich maneuver in order to graduate. According to the[…]

What’s the Difference Between Cardiac Arrest vs Heart Attack

Many people refer to cardiac arrest and heart attack interchangeably, without knowing the actual difference between the two terms. What is Cardiac Arrest? Cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical malfunction that interferes with heart’s regular beat, resulting in arrhythmia, (irregular heartbeat). Arrhythmia prevents the heart from supplying blood to the brain and other organs,[…]

Lowering High Cholesterol – Taking a Baseline

Determining how to lower your high cholesterol reading requires first taking a baseline measurements of your weight, waist size, diet, and activity that are potentially relevant to your cholesterol. What is a baseline? A baseline is simply a measure of current state.  You’ll take measurements and compare them to the ideal when figuring out how to go about lowering your[…]

What Is High Cholesterol?

While most people of a certain age are generally aware that standard blood tests measure cholesterol, it’s worth understanding a more about what is being measured and why. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance created in the liver, and its presence is required throughout the human body to make vitamin D, hormones, and[…]

How to Deal with a High Cholesterol Reading

After receiving a high cholesterol reading from my doctor, I put together a plan to lower my cholesterol to a healthy level naturally, without medication. Understanding of my own health Prior to my high cholesterol reading, I was never conscious of nor did I care about connections between cholesterol and blood pressure with heart disease.  As I[…]

CPR Training in New York State Schools

In 2014, New York became the 19th state to make learning how to perform CPR and use automated defibrillators (AEDs) a graduation requirement for its high school students.  The law requires the state Commissioner of Education to make recommendations on training students in providing CPR and using AEDs.  The law only requires that school children receive training[…]

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After being diagnosed with a high LDL cholesterol count and borderline BMI measurement several years ago, I evaluated several meal and activity tracking programs for my iPhone before eventually selecting Lose It! from Boston-based developer FitNow.  I use Lose It! to help meet my diet and weight-loss goals and track fat and calories by entering my meals and snacks as well[…]

CPR Training Required for Graduation

The state of Texas recently passed a law, which Governor Rick Perry signed into law, that required high school students to receive CPR training in order to graduate. The law, Texas House Bill 897, ensures that area high school teachers received CPR training from the American Heart Association, who in turn will train primarily 9th and 10th[…]