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Healthy Hearts fundraiser is on tap Tuesday

More than 3,000 students have been educated in hands-only CPR and healthy heart practices at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.

In the 2014-15 school year, emergency service personnel hope to educate an additional 4,000.

Taught by hospital staff and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel, the Middle School Healthy Hearts and Hands-Only CPR Program at Legacy Meridian Park is a free two-session class. Created for seventh-graders in the south metro area, the class teaches the importance of healthy heart habits and hands-only CPR.

The goal is to teach the students these practices early so that they will help them throughout their entire lives. Since May 2012, data collected by the hospital has shown improvements in the trained students’ healthy eating habits and behaviors.

“The program has been powerful for the youth in our communities,” said Taryn Lust, a program coordinator with the Legacy Research Institute. “I have seen many kids really ‘get it’ when talking about eating healthier and taking care of their hearts. It’s exciting to know that this is changing behaviors.”

The Meridian Park Medical Foundation is hosting a fundraiser to support the cause on Tuesday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Embassy Suites near Washington Square.

Tigard Cub Scouts seek new members at event

Cub Scout Pack 418 in Tigard is hosting an ice cream social on Monday, May 19, for prospective members.

The pack is open to any boy between 6 and 10 years old, said Lisa Douglass, the pack’s treasurer.

Most of the boys attend Durham Elementary School, but Douglass said membership is open to anyone.

“You’ll be able to make your own ice cream, with mixings, and we’ll have games and things like that,” Douglass said.

“It’s a chance to meet the other boys, and parents can ask questions and see what we do on a regular basis, what kind of activities we schedule and the fun things we have to do.”

The ice cream social begins at 6:30 p.m. at Durham Elementary School, 7980 S.W. Durham Road, in Tigard.

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