Free 5K in honor of fifth anniversary
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- In an effort to educate the public about the importance of CPR, Health First will host a free event to train people how to save lives.
The fifth annual "Free CPR Day" will be on Saturday, June 8, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne.
Organizers said this free event is open to anyone 5 and older, and it will also include a free 5K event in celebration of the event's fifth-year anniversary.
"Health First encourages members of the community to attend 'Free CPR Day' because it provides a great opportunity for individuals and families to come together and learn how to save lives," said Jeni Hatter, Health First spokesperson. "This fun and educational event also reminds us how important it is to be heart healthy."
In a press release, Dr. Cesar Jara, a Health First Medical Group Cardiologist, said it is crucial to learn CPR in order to help save an individuals' life.
"Learning CPR and how to survive a heart attack is just as important as preventing a heart attack," he said. "At Health First, we help provide the tools the community needs to do both."
In 2012, officials said the Heart Center at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center performed more than 1,000 heart and vascular procedures.
Organizers said that participants of the CPR training or 5K will receive a free T-shirt.
The Health First Education and Training Center will provide the American Heart Association's "Friend and Family" CPR and AED Training, but organizers also ask participants to note that this training does not meet most job-required certifications.
Organizers said people who complete the CPR training will also receive free tickets to the June 8 Brevard County Manatees baseball game, a certificate for a free personal gourmet pizza from Pizza Gallery & Grill and certification of CPR "Friends & Family" training completion.
This year's event will also include magic pizza oven for children, provided by Pizza Gallery & Grill, physician lectures and cooking demonstrations, activities for children, hosted by Reduce Obesity in Central Florida Kids and live music, performed from Cloud 9 Orchestra.
The 5K will begin at 7 a.m. , and CPR training begins at 9 a.m.
Registration for both the 5K and CPR training is required.
To register, visit www.HealthFirstOperationCPR.org.
For more information, call (321) 434-4380.