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Champions for Heart Health in Our Community!

Please Support My Heart Beat Project
Submitted by Champions Wendy Platt & Lauren Platt
Lauren Platt

Champion, Lauren Platt

Champion, Lauren Platt is a seventh grader at Chesterfield School, hoping to make a huge impact in our community. Lauren has established a program she entitled Heart Beat. The goal of her program is to raise funds and awareness in our community so that any one of us can have the tools and skills needed to save the life of another.

Lauren, a member of Congregation Ahavas Achim, established Heart Beat as her Bat Mitzvah community service project. The goals of Heart Beat are to provide Automated External Defibrillator devices (AED’s) to communities in need and then to arrange affordable, accessible training in CPR and AED use, to as many as possible. A sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, regardless of age. Lauren is determined that every one of us can and should make a positive impact in our world.

In just one month, Lauren raised enough funding to purchase and donate her first AED device. Thanks to the generous donations from members of Ahavas Achim and others, Lauren is hoping to spread her program to the interfaith communities of Chesterfield and Keene, NH. Vision 2020 and Organizational Champion, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) have been very supportive to Lauren in her endeavor. The Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth, the Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corps, and CMC/DHK have graciously partnered with Lauren to provide material and educational support during the training phase of this project.

Paul Bieber, President of the of Congregation Ahavas Achim and Rabbi Amy Loewenthal

Most recently, Lauren held her first CPR and AED training class with Dr’s. Heidi Reinhart and Rudy Fedrizzi, RN Holly Gay, and 3 local firefighters, providing the training. The participants pledged to share their knowledge and train at least one other person, making the total impact of Lauren’s first training class, 53 people!

If you would like to find out how your church or organization could benefit from Heart Beat, please contact Lauren at the address below. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please make checks out to: Congregation Ahavas Achim – Heart Beat Project.

Checks can be mailed to: Heart Beat Project c/o Lauren Platt, PO Box 7, Chesterfield NH 03443

Thank you for your consideration and donation to this important project. Together, we can train and prepare to save the lives of our neighbors.”
Lauren Platt

Medical Reserve Corps Participates in Cardiovascular Research Study
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve CorpsIn August, The Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth and its three study communities (Manchester, NH; Keene, NH; and St. Johnsbury, VT) kicked off an exciting community-based participatory research project with support from the Greater Monadnock (NH) and Greater Manchester Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. The vision of the project, titled InSHAPE Together, is to improve the cardiovascular health of residents in NH and VT.

The InSHAPE Together project is a group-based approach to improving cardiovascular health through behavior changes influenced by social and community support. The overall goal is to improve individual lifestyle factors for heart health, such as nutrition and physical activity. InSHAPE Together will teach participants strategies for goal setting and testing small changes in behavior. In addition, they will track improvements in activity and food selections, and identify barriers and facilitators to healthy eating and active living. Up to 60 participants from two Manchester-based neighborhoods will be enrolled in the study by the City of Manchester Health Department, and up to 30 participants from a local church will be enrolled in Keene by Cheshire Medical Center. The study will be conducted through April 2013.

MRC volunteers from Manchester and Keene have been recruited to serve as the project’s research assistants
and will assist in six assessments throughout the study period. Each MRC volunteer will be assigned to an assessment and will be trained in study protocol to ensure consistency across community sites and
neighborhood locations.

The evaluation process will consist of three physical assessments per neighborhood (baseline, mid-point, and final), resulting in a total of six assessments during the project period. These assessments involve a 6-minute walk test for fitness, height and weight measurements to determine body mass index, health surveys and questionnaires, and setting up a personal kinetic activity monitor device for each participant. Over the course of InSHAPE Together, participants will work in teams to share strategies and motivate and support each other. At the end of the project, the teams will organize a community event that uses knowledge learned in the project to improve resources for healthy eating and active living in their communities.