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American Heart Association, Jennifer Coolidge Take 60 Seconds to Keep You “Stayin’ Alive” with Hands-Only CPR
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Sunday, June 10, 2012 @ 4:30 am In News | No Comments
CPR Week is this week; PSA premieres today; national awareness campaign supported by $4.5 million grant from WellPoint Foundation
Nashville, TN – Remember disco? The American Heart Association and comedic actress Jennifer Coolidge are pumping new life into a 70s disco classic to help save lives.
The Bee Gees’ hit “Stayin’ Alive” – which is the near-perfect rate for doing chest compressions during CPR – is a centerpiece of the American Heart Association’s new Hands-Only CPR awareness campaign that will ask Americans to take 60 seconds to learn the life-saving skill online, or hands-on at local training events. The campaign and brand-new PSA launch today to mark CPR Week.
Coolidge, whose work includes numerous films such as Best in Show, American Pie and Legally Blonde, stars in the American Heart Association’s humorous new public service announcement video to teach everyone the two easy steps of Hands-Only CPR. Its message? If a teen or adult suddenly collapses, call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” until help arrives.
“It seems almost impossible to me that the whole world doesn’t know CPR. I learned Hands-Only CPR while shooting the American Heart Association’s new PSA, and now I know how to save a life,” said Coolidge. “Who would’ve thought? I can save a life!”
Coolidge will be on hand in New York City today to kick off the campaign, which will include open public trainings around the city and the debut of a new state-of-the-art interactive CPR mobile unit which will visit at least 24 cities over the next three years.
Want to learn to save a life in just a few minutes? The “how to” video can be viewed here: www.heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR. 
Nearly 400,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest every year, and almost 90 percent of them die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. When begun immediately, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
Supported by a $4.5 million grant from the WellPoint Foundation, the new campaign will contribute to the American Heart Association’s goal to double survival from cardiac arrest by 2020. “Our mission is to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families, so it’s a natural fit that we would support the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign,” said Dr. Sam Nussbaum, Executive Vice President, Clinical Health Policy and Chief Medical Officer for WellPoint. “Too many people die unnecessarily each year from sudden cardiac arrest, and we are committed to helping improve this public health crisis.”
For local in-person CPR classes, visit www.heart.org  to find one near you.
Behind the scenes trailer with Jennifer Coolidge interview clips
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.
The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. As part of our dedication to save lives, we are setting out to train all Americans in lifesaving Hands-Only CPR. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 , visit www.heart.org  or call any of our offices around the country.
The WellPoint Foundation is the philanthropic arm of WellPoint, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of WellPoint, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve.
The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation.
The Foundation also coordinates the company’s annual associate giving campaign and provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges. To learn more about the WellPoint Foundation, please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org .
Jennifer Coolidge is a versatile character actress and experimental comedienne, best known for playing “Stifler’s mom,” in the film American Pie (1999); Hilary Duff’s stepmother in A Cinderella Story (2004); Paulette, the manicurist in Legally Blonde (2001) and its sequel; the voice of Aunt Fanny in the animated feature Robots (2005); for her role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Betty; and for her regular role in the NBC sitcom Joey as Joey’s agent, Bobbie Morganstern.
She is also a regular actor in Christopher Guest’s mockumentary films, including Best in Show (2000). Coolidge is an alumna of The Groundlings, an improv and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, CA.
Currently she has a supporting role in 2 Broke Girls as Sophie.
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