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Stay Alive with the City of Southlake on February 13th!

The Third Annual Staying Alive in Southlake event is being held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at The Marq Southlake. This year, LiveFit Southlake, a 10-week community wellness challenge, has also been added to the event festivities. Staying Alive in Southlake will be held at The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Dr. and will last from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Staying Alive is an American Heart Association initiative promoting hands-only cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. The City of Southlake’s Staying Alive event is aimed at not only teaching hands-only CPR but also providing Southlake families with opportunities to learn more about heart health, nutrition, and ways to stay fit.

There will be lots of fun activities for everyone. Parents and kids can run the firefighter obstacle course, participate in Zumba classes, enjoy a Lunch and Learn, and learn hands-only CPR as well as self-defense tips for women and so much more. Participants who are registered for LiveFit Southlake can receive up to 10 points in the wellness challenge for participating in classes and events. You can learn more about LiveFit Southlake at LiveFitSLK.com.

Heart health and overall wellness are both issues Southlake Mayor, Laura Hill, feels strongly about. Mayor Hill says, “Staying healthy and fit in today’s fast-paced world is more important than ever for families. I feel strongly that this wellness challenge will not only be fun and easy but it will give us all a chance to LiveFit together.”

Need more reasons to join us on February 13?

CPR saves lives. Did you know that effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander?

Did you know that every four seconds a theft happens and every 54 seconds a robbery occurs?

Knowing CPR and how to protect yourself can save lives. We hope that you and your family will join us for this community-wide event to learn about health and safety and have fun learning together!

For more information about the event, please contact Fire Prevention Officer Renni Burt at (817) 748-8349 or Community Initiatives Coordinator Valerie Snyder at (817) 748-8173. For questions about LiveFit Southlake, please contact Recreation Coordinator Jared Darnell at (817) 748-8272.

What:    Staying Alive & LiveFit Event

When:   Saturday, February 13, 2016

Where:  The Marq ~ 285 Shady Oaks Dr.

Time:    10:00 a.m. ~ 2:00 p.m.

2nd Annual Staying Alive Event Set for February 2015!

UPDATE 2-9-2015: There is still time to sign up!  Contact Southlake DPS Community Initiatives Coordinator Renni Burt at (817) 748-8349 to get your spot on the list.

Sign up now for the next “Staying Alive” event scheduled for Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the DPS North Training facility. 

Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. You never know when this alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

If you haven’t had CPR training in a while, this is the perfect opportunity to learn the best practices for performing CPR in the event of a medical emergency.  Classes are FREE and instruction is “hands only.” Classes will be held every 20 minutes.

There will also be lots of fun activities for kids and families and lots of giveaways! We hope to see you there so mark calendars now for Saturday, February 14, 2015 — DPS North Training Facility 100 East Dove Rd. — from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. You may contact Community Initiatives Coordinator Renni Burt at (817) 748-8349 to sign up.

For more information about the importance of CPR see the following ‘Fact Sheet’ from the American Heart Association.

CPR & Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
Fact Sheet

The American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR.  Once you have learned CPR, give 5 people you care about the power to save lives by equipping them to act quickly in a crisis.

Don’t be afraid; your actions can only help. If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest.

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time.

  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
  • Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
    • Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
    • A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be a loved one.

  • Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.
  • Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
  • African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.


  • Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.
  • Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
  • Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
  • The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, to equip Americans with the skills they need to perform bystander CPR.

If you are unable to make it to the event or a CPR class, the American Heart Association has put together a short video that will show you how to give CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.

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Go Red at Staying Alive Southlake February 15th; Free CPR Classes & Health Fair

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.

Activities include:

  • Hands-only CPR training from Southlake DPS and staff at Texas Health Southlake
  • Free CPR kits for each participant provided by AHA
  • Heart healthy recipes and samples from Central Market Southlake
  • Health screenings
  • Family exercise ideas
  • Fun giveaways from health fair vendors
  • Don’t text and drive information and demonstration from Southlake DPS

“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.”