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Super foods to help battle 2016 cold/flu season

  1. Berries. Research shows a strong connection between high polyphenol content and an antiviral effect in addition to antioxidant properties. raspberries, blueberries, black currants and cranberries can be added to your diet arsenal against a cold or flu.

  2. Cabbage. Is an excellent source of vitamin C and contains over half a days value in just one cup. It also is said to an aid for gastrointestinal ailments. Vitamin C levels have shown to decrease when the body is fighting infection, therefore, boost up!

  3. Elderberry. Studies have shown a reduction in the ability for viruses to replicate when extracts of elderberry are present. Used in a lot of vitamins and supplements as a natural deterrent for colds.

  4. Garlic. Has been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial AND anti-fungal properties! Just might need some extra toothpaste or mouthwash on hand...... Best eaten raw (if you can tolerate) if possible as it has been known to loose some of these benefits when cooked or steamed. Some information also links garlic to having some cardiac health benefits. Eat up!

  5. WATER. Not a food, yes correct. Daily water intake is recommended to be about half your body weight in ounces. Being hydrated before you become sick keeps your body's systems working like they should and flushing out toxins at a good rate. When you are not feeling well it is easy to forget to DRINK WATER but that is when it counts most.

Many more can be added to the list, but here's a good place to start.


5 Important things you can do to keep yourself safe

This article is in reference to the tragic events that occurred that occurred recently in Milwaukee.

Uber Milwaukee and Chicago area

With this unfortunate and sad story there's not much that was in the hands of the passengers. Some safety reminders below as an increase in taxi and Uber use rises during the holiday season.

5 Important things you can do to keep yourself safe:

  1. VERIFY THE IDENTITY OF THE DRIVER AND THEIR CAR BEFORE YOU JUMP IN THE SEAT
    The Uber app provides riders with their driver’s first name, photo, license plate number and a picture of the vehicle and their driver’s rating. Verify this information ALWAYS!

  2. WAIT INDOORS FOR YOUR RIDE TO ARRIVE
    This is sure to keep you in a safe spot and not potentially waiting alone or in a poor lit area.

  3. KEEP IN CONTACT WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
    Let people know where you are going and maybe even a timeline of when you'll be there so they know when to expect you.

  4. CONSIDER THE DRIVER’S RATING ON THE APP
    These rating exist for a reason and it is to keep you informed

  5. MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE HAS A GOOD CHARGE ANYTIME YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT


How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Prepare for a snow storm.Thankfully we have had a decent winter in southeast Wisconsin with only 2 notable snowfalls. This weekend the east coast got pounded with some areas receiving over 40 inches of snow. We should be prepared for the worst as we may not have time to prepare when the impact is imminent. Also, many people will be trying to fulfill their needs last minute causing delays and often making the essentials hard to find. The following is several steps you should take to ensure you are prepared before the risk is present.


Importance of Advance Directives

SignatureWe provide training day in and day out on how to resuscitate people of any age. We train lay people and healthcare providers in the multiple disciplines offered by the American Heart Association. Unfortunately these measures often can prove unsuccessful or provide results with a different quality of life. There is not always a reason as unknown medical complications arise, traumatic injuries can occur, and accidents happen. We are never fully prepared for these events and often our loved ones are the ones put in the position of having to make the difficult decisions.

Does your family know what you want if certain things happen? Why place the burden on them. Have your own advance directives or living will drawn up so you can make the decisions you want about your life. When you create your own advance directives make sure you are thorough. This will help your family, doctors, and caregivers make decisions based upon your wishes. The decisions can be difficult but do you want aggressive resuscitation? Would you want to be on life support? Would you prefer to be a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)? This list can go on and can be completely tailored to your wishes. Other items such as faith background, invitations to clergy can all be covered within these documents.


How To Make Kale Chips

Preparing Kale ChipsThis is a quick and easy recipe to make homemade kale chips.

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Use roughly a stuffed grocery store veggie bag or about a regular salad bowl’s worth of kale
  • Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces
  • Briefly soak, then drain, and dry the kale (salad spinners work great)
    • It is really important to ensure the kale is dried to prevent it from steaming
  • Spread out evenly on cookie sheets
    • Wipe the cookie sheet with oil or use cooking spray to prevent the kale from sticking to the sheets
    • Keeping space between the edges of the leaves will result in the chips being crispier
  • Drizzle with about 2 teaspoons of your favorite olive oil
  • Sprinkle with the seasonings of your choice such as the ones below. Plus a sprinkle of kosher salt.
    • Parmesan
    • Chili Powder
    • Asiago
    • Garlic
    • Cinnamon
  • Bake for about 15 minutes
  • When the edges are brown and kale is crispy it is done

The final product is just like chips. Putting a good bit of kosher salt on them will make them similar to salty fries or chips.


Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for 2016

new-year-graphicA New Year starts with energy all over, at the end we formulate a plan and we bring in the New Year with heightened goals and ambitions. In the beginning we sow the seeds of resolution to guide our path over course of the coming year. Some will hold true to their resolutions for a period of time but most will fizzle out in the coming weeks and months. Remember a strong and moral resolution is the one which becomes your power, motivates you, and gives you the power to triumph in everyday life and succeed. The following are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2016:

  1. To be a good person and lead a good life
  2. Bring a positive approach to life
  3. Acquire skills
  4. Don’t forget the family and friends (F&Fs)
  5. Indulge in activities that are happy and enjoyable.
  6. Seek financial wellness
  7. Overcome fears
  8. Donate blood
  9. Ensure you are an organ donor
  10. Learn CPR

Ok so maybe these aren’t the “top” ten New Year’s resolutions, but they are ours. What better way to start a new year than learn to save a life?


Arm your mind, learn to save a life

Happy HeartThe unrest and turmoil in the world has spilled across to the confines of France, the United States and many other countries over the last few months. This causes uneasiness and questions in many, often wondering what can I do to help or how can I be prepared. The answers may vary but one of the best ways you can be prepared to help yourself and those around you is to be trained in first aid and CPR. These skills can help throughout life without regard to the environment or situation. No matter the cause; accident, illness, injury, or violence the actions we can take to help are the same.

One of the key paramounts to any emergency response professional or lay rescuer is advocacy and the requirement of a safe scene. This is to ensure rescuer safety and promote safety by preaching situational awareness to help us protect ourselves. What happens when the scene is not safe and will not be for an unknown period of time. Unfortunately the answer is we don’t know, and we will never know until the situation arises. This will not change the fact that if such a situation does arise the need for assistance may be great. You might be the only person or one of few people around.

Becoming certified in first aid and CPR will give you the training needed to recognize potentially life threatening situations and render aid. You never know, maybe one day you will save a life.


Becoming an AHA BLS CPR Instructor

First aidOften we get asked how to become an American Heart Association CPR instructor, there are several steps I will detail below. First of you need to be certified in Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (BLS). Then you need to complete the BLS Instructor Essentials course which can be found online at www.onlineaha.org/courses. In order to do this you need to find a training center or site that is looking for BLS instructors. This will allow you to align with a training center which will allow you to teach the BLS CPR Course once you are certified as an instructor. Once you have completed this you can attend the in person BLS Instructor course. You will also be required to purchase the BLS Instructor Manual, which is an important reference and resource for the instructor. The course covers many aspects of instructing including:

  • Class planning and preparation
  • Class layout
  • Training materials
  • Required paperwork
  • Recertification requirements
  • Course specific information

The 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC are Here!

AHA 2015 GuidelinesThe American Heart Association (AHA) published their 2015 Guidelines (based on the International Liason Committee on Resuscitation, or ILCOR, recommendations earlier this month) at 12:01 am CST on October 15, 2015. Here is a summary of what you can expect in a future CPR, First Aid, BLS, ACLS, or PALS class:

Basic Life Support (CPR) update--MOSTLY the same.

  • AHA has acknowledged that we all have cell phones, so no more "go call 9-1-1"--just "Call 9-1-1."
  • All communities should implement a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program.
  • We may now check breathing and pulse simultaneously
  • Sequence remains C-A-B, 30 compression: 2 breaths
  • Compression rate now 100-120/minute
  • Compression depth now 2-2.4 inches (5-6 cm)
  • Full recoil of the chest is mandatory (no leaning)
  • Anyone can give naloxone to a potential narcotic overdose

Healthy Comfort Foods

The pie season rapidly approachesWell the chill is in the air and the leaves are turning. This is not the only change this time of year as often our diets change with the season and the activity levels slow dramatically for many. We do less outside as the cooler weather brings us inside along with the Packers and Badgers. We all know nothing can make that Sunday around the house better than some comfort food to fill us and warm us from the inside out. Just remember to keep the healthy alternatives in mind when cooking so we can keep our cholesterol and sodium intake in check. Your heart will appreciate this. Here are some links to some healthy recipes for around your house.


Halloween Costumes and Ideas for Safety!

Happy Halloween!Well, the chill is in the air, kids are back in school, and football is being played. The end of summer has escaped us, depositing us in a season of color and change. Many of us are trying to extract every ounce of time outdoors before the cold begins its grip.

One of the many things the fall season brings us is Halloween. Every year many try and raise the bar and outdo each other with elaborate and creative costumes. Whether you choose to be Yoda, Donald Trump or a Minion let’s remember to be safe this Halloween and ensure our children are safe as well:

  • During trick or treating it is important the children travel in groups to ensure safety.
  • The need to wear bright colors or reflective tape to be visible to motor vehicle traffic.
  • Only eat factory wrapped treats and be suspicious of any signs of tampering.
  • Remind children never to enter the home or vehicle of a stranger.
  • Remind the children to only approach homes with outside lights on, showing a sign that they are welcome.

Enjoy the Halloween season and remember to limit the amount of treats you consume and supplement health snacks when possible.


American Heart Association/American Red Cross Skills Testing Information and misconceptions addressed

Test taking tips to help you succeed!Over the past few years the option of doing a skills session vs a traditional classroom setting has gained more popularity. This option allows an individual or group of persons to complete the majority of the courses online through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross website. After successful completion of the online component, the individual will be issued a certificate of completion and should bring it with them for the skills session. The skills test is an in person session scheduled with an instructor to evaluate the practical skills of the participant. Because this is a two step program to complete, there are two fees. One fee is paid at the time of the course registration for the online program. Next, you will schedule and pay for the in person skills session fee at www.wicpr.com. This is NOT a more cost effective way of receiving any of these certifications compared to attending a traditional course, it is a matter of convenience preferred by many as a more rapid and less time consuming way to certify. Often times we schedule skills tests on an individual basis or for very small groups. However many people still prefer this method rather than attending an entire in person course despite the increased cost. Some perks of skills testing include: You can stop/start the online program at your leisure from work or home, we schedule a date/time and location that works best for you and your schedule (even on an individual basis), the certification is issued promptly after the course, does not require a lot of in person time, perfect for limited schedules, lots of flexibility in scheduling and online completion, can take the online written exam numerous times if you are not successful the first time, and the list goes on…


2015 CPR guideline changes CPR awareness week!

CPR is as easy as C-A-B!It’s anyone’s guess as to what the new 2015 CPR/ACLS and PALS guidelines will be. (Disclaimer-If anyone tells you otherwise they are fibbers!)

In the past 50 years + of providing CPR courses, the American Heart Association does an exceptional job with their resuscitation research. In 2010/2011 we saw some of the most significant changes ever made to the course materials.

Hands-only-CPR: CALL and PUMP! With the implementation of this information we have seen an increase in bystander participation in an emergency, less fear that someone will make a mistake (because they only have TWO things to do!) Less risk of disease transmission and not to mention the most important part GOOD CONTINUOUS CIRCULATION TO THE BRAIN! The last one is my personal favorite. CPR used to talk more about the heart and the lungs, but we can’t forget how important it is to help the patient’s maintain neurological function if they do survive a cardiac arrest.


BLS for healthcare providers test answers & How to prepare for your CPR test questions and upcoming American Heart Association course

The course materials have closed captioning available and allow students to learn in a variety of ways by combining instructor interaction, video prompts and text materials.

  • BLS & First Aid CPR AED textbooksRegister today for your course at www.wicpr.com/register to reserve your seat in an upcoming course!

  • Purchase the required and most up to date textbook for the course you are registering for to have a good study guide.

  • Review both the pocket cards and the text materials as much as possible

  • Write down any questions you have while reviewing the book to ask your instructor at the class in order to best understand your course

  • This bear is studying for his test!If Time allows, try to utilize all resources to study the information. Review both written and online information. Websites to reference are available in the first few pages of your text.

  • Make sure that the course you are registering for is accredited through a nationally recognized program such as the American Heart Association like we are!!!

  • Call us today with any additional questions or to telephone register at 414-791-5018

Finding a Great Gym and Buddy for Post-Work Workouts

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The eternal struggle: To workout or not to workout today. If you leave your exercise to the end of the day, the motivation to go through with it can be tough. Even when you know exercising makes you feel great—or if you love your Pilates class—it can still be hard to do anything when you leave the office. 

There’s one proven way to help you do it though: securing a solid workout buddy to keep you accountable. While an in-person partner to accompany you to the gym is best, even an accountability partner who gives you a call improves results. Statistics show that just knowing you have a check-in phone call coming every couple of weeks increases the amount of exercise people get by a whopping 78%.  

So how do you find these miracle workers to get your motivation cooking? Let’s talk about it.


Nutrition Myths Uncovered: Part 2

APHE2-16-15In this article, I’m debunking more nutrition myths that I’ve come across in the media. The notoriously “unhealthy” fried foods and miraculous, life changing gluten-free diet…read ahead.


Swimming: The Best Endurance Builder for EMTs

APHE2-9-15Swimming is the hidden gem of exercise. Unlike many sports that put strain on the body, particularly the ones most common to everyday folks — running and weightlifting — swimming is easy on the joints and a great cardio workout.

While too many people don’t bother to take a dip in the pool, they’d be doing themselves a huge favor if they started to, and used those lap lanes to build endurance. 

The endurance and strong cardio training that regular lap swimming brings is especially important for EMTs and paramedics, whose jobs demand that they be ready to spring from stationary to physical in a matter of minutes, lift and carry patients undefined distances, and perform CPR chest compressions for as long as it takes to keep a person alive.

Here are 5 reasons and tips for using the pool as a true cross-training exercise:


Nutrition Myths Uncovered: Part One

APHE2-2As a dietitian, I have the responsibility to disseminate accurate and reliable information to the public regarding food and nutrition. During my seven years in the field, I have come across misinformation and contradictions circulating in magazines and online in relation to my field of expertise. I thought I would take some time to dispel a few of the most common nutrition myths in a series of three articles. Hopefully this helps clear some of the murky waters surrounding nutrition and health in the media.


Preparing for Lunch Hour Workouts

APHE1-26Most people who workout regularly consider themselves morning or evening exercisers, but there is actually a smaller segment of folks who fit their daily sweat sessions in at a different time: the lunch hour.

It can be tough to make this time period work, but for the busiest folks lunchtime workouts can be a savior for keeping health and fitness in check. As the staff manager at a hospital, chances are that you are bombarded with responsibilities. Scheduling a lunchtime workout—just as you would any other appointment—can be your solace.

Many people wonder how to make it work. You must change clothes, workout, shower, and be back at your post within in an hour. Who has time for that? You do—providing you take some of the tips offered here.


How to Get the Most Out of Your Vegetables

APHE12-8Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that vegetables are an important component of a healthy diet. The USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults consume 2-3 cups of vegetables daily. Additionally, the USDA My Plate tool encourages Americans to make half of their plate fruits and vegetables at every meal.


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Student Testimonials

Great course—fun practicals.
- Paramedic, PHTLS Provider Participant

Course was conducted very professionally; learned some new information. Thanks!
- MD, ACLS Provider Renewal Participant

Great instructors! Gave good insight into what actually happens in real life scenarios.
- Resident Physician, ACLS Provider Recognition Participant

Highly recommend—Adam does a great job speaking concisely regarding ACLS protocol.
- Resident Physician, ACLS Provider Recognition Participant

Adam has an amazing ability to break down complex information and teach it to others in a meaningful way. He is the best of the best instructors.
- Nurse Practitioner, BLS for Healthcare Providers & ACLS Recognition Provider participant

I liked the course—Nikki’s very cool and down to earth.
- CNA, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Excellent! Thanks!
- RN, ACLS Provider Recognition participant

Nikki put the class at ease and the environment was good for learning.
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Very good instruction!
- Child Care Specialist, Heartsaver CPR/AED participant

Great course—to the point—easy to understand.
- Nursing Student, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

The instructor does a great job of teaching you the same material in different ways. i.e. PR-RR graph very useful, also Atropine 0.5 alive, 1 done! Thank you!
- RN, ACLS Provider Recognition participant

Adam is sharp on the theory behind ACLS intervention. I learned a lot!
- Paramedic, ACLS Provider Renewal course

I liked that the instructor critiqued us while we were doing it—instead of lining up and ‘passing.’ I wasn’t as nervous and felt I did better.
- Nursing student, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant