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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

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.


2015 CPR guideline changes CPR awareness week!

cpr iconIt’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.


How to Maintain Physical and Mental Health Through Balance

APHE1-14-15When people discuss “getting in shape,” they are usually referring to one thing: physical health. They envision big gyms, treadmills, pre-work sweat sessions, and deprivation from their favorite foods.

Not only is that going about it the wrong way, it is completely ignoring one of the most vital parts of good health. Exercise is great for your body but it is also spectacular for the mind. Those working in stressful fields, like nursing and other medical professions, would do well to recognize the many sides of well-being, including physical, nutritional, and mental health.

Heading into the new year, most people don’t have a plan other than to “get healthy.” They are missing a plan to implement those intentions in a real, attainable way. Want to maintain physical and mental health this year? Read on.


The Truth About Texting and Driving

APHE1-9-15As I was heading to Madison, Wisconsin last week, I noticed an interstate sign that said “Drive Sober, 469 deaths this year.” On my way home the sign read, “Drive Sober, 470 deaths this year.” I really started thinking about that number. I’m sure the majority of those deaths had nothing to do with alcohol, but rather distracted driving.

Accidents are exactly what they are called… accidents. The question is, how many accidents could have been prevented just by paying attention, slowing our speed, and putting our devices down, in addition to driving sober?


Set Yourself up for Healthy Success in 2015

APHE12-22The New Year is here! If you haven't made your resolutions already, take some time to think about how you can make 2015 your healthiest year yet.

Self-improvement is a shared American value, but following through on personal goals can be troublesome. Research at the University of Scranton suggests that of the 40% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions every year, only a mere 8% actually achieve their goals. 


9 Yoga Stretches for First Responders

APHE12-28Working as a First Responder can be exciting and stressful. Often, a person's life is literally in your hands. You need to be sharp, focused, and able to react quickly to provide the best care possible to those in urgent need of medical help. Part of providing this care is to remain in top physical and mental shape, ensuring that you are able to perform your job. A great way to accomplish this is through yoga.

Yoga is one of the best ways to rid yourself of unwanted mental fatigue and keep your body supple and strong. But you don’t have to sign up for a yoga class or attend a workshop to find this out for yourself. Just keep a copy of these nine helpful yoga poses right in your home or office:


Foods to Avoid at Holiday Parties

aphe12-22If you are trying to stay healthy and avoid extra calories around the holidays, then you know it’s not always easy. Between snacks around the office, extra grocery store goodies, and a plethora of indulgences at holiday parties, planning a realistic diet can seem impossible.


The Importance of Staying Fit During the Holiday Season

APHE12-15It’s nearly the thick of winter and Christmas is just around thecorner. With so much to do, you may be tempted to forgo your workout routineand continue through December without thinking of the gym once. Take heed! Thereare multiple benefits to keeping fit throughout the holidays—for both mentaland physical reasons. You’ll also be thanking yourself when January 1st rollsaround and it’s time to “get back on track.” So many people promise themselvesthroughout Christmas parties, happy hours, and time spent on the family couch.

Here are just a few reasons to consider keeping your workout routine in check even as you enjoy holiday goodies and a little time off work.


The Skinny on Holiday Cooking

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It’s easy to overindulge during the holiday season with tempting treats, work parties, and family gatherings. There’s never a better time than now to start a healthy holiday tradition. One way is to lighten up your family’s favorite high calorie dishes. Follow these tips to create healthier versions of your holiday staples. Your body and your family will say “thank you!”


Tips for Maintaining Your Workout Regimen in the New Year

APHE12-1A New Year’s Resolution seems like a wonderful thing at face value. It’s the perfect time to think positively, get your goals down on paper and thoughtfully consider how you’ll achieve them.

The holidays can be hectic at the hospital or doctor's office, as patients come in with more aches, pains and infections than other times of the year. Maintaining your healthy lifestyle in the face of all the buzz will be key to feeling sane and in control.

Like most people, one of your goals this year may be to lose weight or get in shape. In fact, 66% of those who make resolutions put one of those two things down on the list.

Unfortunately, 77% of those with such resolutions fail before meeting their goal. It doesn’t have to be this way if you don’t want it to be -- so let's find a way to stick with it, even when you're working 12-hour shifts and dealing with less than happy patients.

Having successfully maintained a healthy weight and conquered fitness focused New Year’s resolutions myself, I have some great tips to share with you about maintaining your fitness regiment far beyond the chilly days of January.


Healthy Holiday Eating Habits

APHE11-24Holidays are joyous occasions for celebrating with family, friends — and food! 

Unfortunately, the temptation of high calorie, delicious treats can sabotage any attempt at maintaining a healthy weight. 

The National Institutes of Health reports that holiday eating leads many Americans to put on an average of one or two pounds each year. Over the course of a few years, those pounds can really add up!  

As the holiday season approaches, I’d like to offer some tips to helpyou stay on track with your diet and avoid gaining weight — while still enjoying and making the most of the season.


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Student Testimonials

Adam Fritsch was very helpful—he kept it interactive, I learned a lot.
- 4th year Medical Student, ACLS recognition participant

He made it interesting & fun—not dry.
- LPN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

I took the course because I had to, but Adam had a fun presentation style and kep the course upbeat and interesting.
- Child care specialist, Heartsaver CPR/AED Participant

Thanks for the great info! You did a great job!
- RN, ACLS Provider Recognition Participant

Great program, great instructors.
- EMT, PHTLS Provider Participant

Excellent!
- Intermediate, PALS Provider Renewal Participant

Easy to take (location, dates, ease of signing up), and price.
- Resident Physician, ACLS Provider Recognition Participant

Adam was very knowledgeable.
- Resident Physician, ACLS Provider Recognition participant

Great class! Didn’t just tell us what we needed to know—talked to us, not at us.
- Heartsaver CPR/AED participant

Nikki is very good—knows her stuff and communicates well!
- C.N.A., BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

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

Thanks so much for the interesting class! I was nervous to take it since I don't have any RN experience yet, but everyone was very friendly and helpful so I was no longer intimidated. Great material, the simple and straightforward way it was presented really made a difference!
- RN, ACLS Provider Recognition Participant

Thank you! I appreciate the real world scenarios that were discussed during class and the time to practice.
- NP Student, ACLS Participant

Perfect for my needs, clear and concise.
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers Participant