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Wellness Tip #2…

Two easy things you can do to fight Diabetes! 


Diabetes is made worse by bad lifestyle choices like

poor diet, lack of exercise and stress!  But…


Two things you or a friend can do to help fight Diabetes is to

  1. Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals every day. Eat more meals with whole, fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the day.  This helps balance your blood sugar levels so you don’t binge on a big meal (which elevates your blood sugar too high) and then not eat for hours (which drops your blood sugar too low).  Which causes your blood sugar levels to go up and down like a roller coaster: bad!
  2. Get out and do some moderate activity every day!  Go for a walk with a friend or do a bike ride or other cardiovascular exercise that you enjoy!  This helps our body process blood sugar and maintain healthy blood chemistry!

These two easy things done every day can make a world of difference in your health!


Wellness Tip #1…

Waking or Running: Which one burns more fat?  And which one is better?

If you have wondered if you should have more walking or more running in your exercise program and which one burns more fat, read on and find out!

Part of the answer to this interesting question is how good is your maximum volume of Oxygen (O2) per minute of exercise, or what’s your Max VO2.  That is because fat can only be burned (metabolized) in the presence of O2, or what is called an “Aerobic pathway”.   Bottom line; in your body, walking burns more calories from fat, while running burns more total calories, but with more of those calories from carbohydrates!  But as I mentioned above which gas tank (fat or carbohydrates) you are burning from depends on your cardiovascular level of fitness, (your ability to bring in O2).  People with a better Oxygen uptake, (Max VO2) can provide more O2 regardless of walking or running and therefore burn a higher percentage of fat as they walk faster or even run.

While walking burns more fat and is good for endurance, running makes you stronger and improves your heart health even more.  Both contribute to having good heart health and reduces your risk of heart disease, heart attacks and cardiac arrest as well as looking and feeling better!

So, which is better?  The answer is; they are both really good for your health.   But ultimately “which one is better” depends on what’s the goal of your workout on any given specific day.  If the goal is to burn fat that day, then walk for longer duration and burn more fat.  If the goal is to strengthen your heart and build muscle and speed, then walk/run faster for a shorter period of time while burning a higher percentage of carbohydrates.

But, remember to consult your physician prior to starting an exercise program!


Learn how to recognize a Stroke and what to do about it!  There are 4 important warning signs of a Stroke that you should be aware of to help family and friends if a stroke happens.

There are two types of Stroke, Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke.  Ischemic strokes happen when an artery is blocked by a clot in the brain.  Hemorrhagic strokes happen when an artery in the brain ruptures and causes internal bleeding in the brain.  Both can be life threatening and need you to call 911.

Recognizing the signs of a stroke can save a life. Remember the acronym F.A.S.T.  Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911.  Here at CPR Northwest Washington, we cover how to respond to the medical emergency that Stroke is, six days a week, morning, afternoon and evenings here at our training center in our CPR, AED & First Aid classes.  Register now to take a class!




Why we blog…

At CPR Northwest Washington we are committed to providing not only a fast, efficientCPR AED classes and fun CPR class and CPR certification process, but also the best possible environment for everyone from the lay person to the healthcare provider to learn CPR, AED and First Aid skills.  So, our blog exists to provide everyone with new information regarding current CPR, AED and First Aid class/certification protocols that help the rescuer learn, do and save lives!  Check back with us regularly as we “keep our finger on the pulse” of what’s new and trending in the world of high-quality CPR classes and CPR certification!



American Heart Association 2015 Updates and new protocols:

A Change for the Good!  

American Heart Association 2015 Updates and new protocols: A Change for the Good!  Here at CPR Northwest Washington, as part of our 2016 Blog posts, we’ll be reviewing and explaining the science behind all the new 2015 AHA updates for CPR providers and how they not only make sense, they help you save lives!  Check back regularly for a preview of what these changes are and why they are important!


Rate of Compression and Stroke Volume!

The first important change we will focus on in the 2015 AHA guidelines has to do with the “rate of compressions” performed during CPR and is a change from at least 100 compressions to between 100 to 120 compressions per minute.  Over time, the emphasis on high quality CPR compressions at appropriate depth and hand placement, with complete chest recoil is aimed at addressing what is called “stroke volume”.  Stroke volume (SV) refers to the amount of blood pumped per beat.  SV is important in terms of increasing the amount of O2 available to the brain.  So the increase in compressions from at least 100 p/m to 100-120 p/m is aimed at improving consistent SV, which in turn supports blood pressure which in turn improves coronary perfusion pressure.  All of which helps supply the brain with O2.

Stroke Volume and Coronary Profussion Pressure

If you are doing 30 compressions with 2 breaths during CPR, it is also important to minimize interruptions from giving compressions to less than 10 seconds, once again to keep up SV and blood pressure which in turn promotes good coronary perfusion pressure.  So the new 2015 AHA guidelines which focus in part on improved compression skills are designed to improve O2 to the brain.

So check back regularly here at the CPR Northwest Washington Blog as we explore the science behind each of the new 2015 AHA updates for CPR providers and how they help you save lives!

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