The most popular color in Southlake is typically Carroll Dragon green, but this month the city is going red in honor of National Heart Month and the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual Go Red for Women campaign. To help raise awareness about heart disease and preventive measures, the City of Southlake, in partnership with AHA, Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Carroll ISD, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake and other community organizations, is hosting the inaugural Staying Alive Southlake event February 15, 10:00AM to 4:00PM, at Southlake DPS North Station.
Open to the public, the goal is to provide the Southlake community with a free, heart healthy and educational event. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and it is the mission of the AHA to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
“The American Heart Association’s Staying Alive campaign is a natural fit for the city. One of our biggest concerns is always the safety of our citizens; no matter their age,” states City Council Member and event organizer Laura Hill. “How incredible if every adult and child knew CPR and had the confidence that if faced with an emergency, they could help save a life.”
According to Amanda Haggerty, director of marketing for AHA Tarrant County, nearly 400,000 cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States, and more than 7,200 DFW residents died from cardiovascular diseases in 2012. Hands-only CPR, which is performed to the rhythm of the disco classic “Stayin’ Alive” and has more than 100 beats per minute, can more than double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
“As a healthcare provider and community partner, we wholeheartedly support this event and our staff will be there throughout the day to help people learn how-to prevent heart disease,” said Traci Bernard, RN, president of Texas Health Southlake. “Staying Alive Southlake is a big part of our goal to be the reddest city in Tarrant County as part of American Heart Association’s ‘Paint the Town Red’ competition the hospital is participating in this month.”