University named a top school in training students in AHA Hands-on CPR Pilot Program
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will host the 3rd Annual Go Red Cook Off on Friday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the A.E. Student Union, located at the corner of Fayetteville St. and Nelson St. In celebration of National Wear Red Day, an annual observance that brings attention to heart disease being the No. 1 killer in women, the cook off will provide samples of healthy food options prepared by teams of students and chefs who will compete to become the Go Red Top Chef winner. The event is free and open to the public.
NCCU was recently named one of the top three schools to train students in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Hands-on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Pilot Program. AHA representatives will participate in the Go Red Cook Off event to promote its program and capture students receiving the on-site training. NCCU is also one of 14 universities across the nation selected by AHA to participate in the program. To date, NCCU has trained 145 students in hands-on CPR and has plans to surpass its goal of 300 students.
“We are excited to share this experience with students and community members,” said Dr. Ruth Gilliam Phillips, executive director of Student Health and Counseling Services and program organizer. “Our goal is to get people interested in eating well and taking the necessary steps to having a healthy heart.”
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for all Americans. African-American women - and men - are at a greater risk for developing this condition. NCCU is committed to helping improve prevention and increase survival odds in the community by providing resources to address the risk factors of heart disease, which include high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
Attendees at the Go Red Cook Off are asked to wear red in support of heart disease awareness. For more information, contact Mr. Osaffo James, health educator in Student Health and Counseling Services, at (919) 530-6763.