DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University students celebrated Valentine’s Day by learning about heart health, taking part in “Just Beat It to Save Lives” in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Organized by field hockey senior Amanda Kim and members of the Duke Marketing Club, the event featured three CPR training sessions conducted by representatives from the Duke Heart Center. Participants utilized CPR practice torsos and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to replicate administering CPR in the event of a medical emergency. The participants also were instructed on proper Heimlich maneuver techniques to perform on an individual who is choking.
Duke professor George Grody opened each session by talking about the importance of knowing CPR. A professor of Markets and Management Studies and a supporter of Duke Athletics, Grody went into cardiac arrest on campus in September. Three students who volunteer with Duke Emergency Medical Services (EMS) happened to also be in the library, and administered CPR and an AED until the fire department and Durham EMS arrived on the scene. Through their live-saving efforts, Grody was able to make a full recovery.
“I got lucky that I survived a heart attack right in one of the classrooms here, and it was because of the quick work of some of the Duke EMS students,” Grody said. “People really shouldn’t have to get lucky to survive this when training people and having them understand CPR can mean so much to someone’s survival rate.”
Students at the event also had the opportunity to learn about other aspects of health and wellness through a series of activities in the Hall of Honor. Groups from across campus conducted demonstrations and provided information about health screenings, nutrition and mental health. Duke student-athletes tabled for the One Love Foundation, spreading awareness about relationship violence in memory of Yeardley Love. For more information about the One Love Foundation, visit http://www.joinonelove.org/.
Among the students participating or volunteering at Sunday’s event were members of the fencing, field hockey, football, rowing, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer and wrestling teams.