Cabrini brings heart healthy lessons to AMMS gym class

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Stocked up on jump ropes and stethoscopes, staff at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini took over gym classes at Alexandria Middle Magnet Thursday and Friday.

Team members from the hospital's cardiology, nursing and education departments were excited to teach lifesaving skills.

Students rotated between three stations gathering heart healthy information during American Heart Month.

It included hand on activities like learning to measure heart rates, hands-only CPR and the signs of a stroke.

Over the last two days more than 600 students participated.

"The kids are loving it," said Cabrini Critical Care Educator Stanley Guillot. "It's for them to get out of the classroom and do something different. It's great to see them actively participating, wanting to know more."

This is the first year Cabrini has partnered with AMMS for the program. Other schools have already expressed interest and they hope to expand the program in the future.

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