Examples of Take Heart America Programs:


  1. High Schools – Take Heart Anoka County piloted a program through the health curriculum. It shortened the time needed for training and added components for the students to train others outside the classroom to complete the grading criteria. In the 2008-2009 school year, 239 students were trained in CPR and they in turn trained 880 family members and friends, totaling 1,109 total trained in the community.
  2. After School – MN State High School League developed a program to help athletic directors train both coaches and students to be better prepared in the event of an emergency. This is a new program that will help schools provide better training as often sports booster clubs have the funding to assist with training equipment to use in this program and traditional CPR courses.
  3. Colleges – Take Heart St. Cloud worked with St. Cloud State University to provide training to freshman students as part of a mandatory class. These students were required to share what they had learned resulting in almost 10,000 trained. This is now moving toward possible college credited courses with “CPR Goes to College”.


  1. Fire Departments – Two fire departments in the Anoka County area have taken the training movement by storm. They did this by using the AHA CPR Anytime Kits to offer free (or donation only) classes in their communities.  They advertised on community billboards and newsletters and now have calls for their upcoming classes.       In less than a year, one department trained almost 500 community members.
  2. Places of Worship – Many churches have parish nurses or wellness committees who have many resources to get this training done. CPR Sunday is one program that has been very successful. Training is held between services or following weeknight events. With little commitment of time, these groups have trained most of their congregations in CPR and several have raised funds to purchase an AED for their church.
  3. Worksites – Cub Foods has done a great job of creating a workplace program to support CPR training and emergency response in their stores. Not only have they placed AEDs in all corporate stores but every other year, five members of leadership come to a four-hour training in CPR and AEDs.       Those five take their training and AHA
  4. CPR Anytime Kits back to their own store and train employees. Cub Foods is working to make CPR training part of their employee orientation.

  5. Community Events – CPR training can happen anywhere and can be tailored to that group or the amount of time available.       Take Heart Anoka used hospital sponsored events to teach CPR. At a golf tournament, participants learned CPR under the tent before teeing off.