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Compression for Life – Cycle 2

2014 Compression for Life - Cycle 2

2014 Compression for Life – Cycle 2


The Marlins Foundation was honored to assist Marlins Bullpen Catcher Jeff Urgelles in hosting the second cycle of Compression for Life. In 2013, the Marlins Foundation, in partnership with the American Heart Association of South Florida, developed the Compression for Life program. After Jeff helped to save the life of an Arizona Diamondbacks employee while on the road with the Marlins, the Marlins Foundation honored him with a gift to start his own program geared towards teaching the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade the importance of hearth health through diet and exercise.

The second cycle of Compression for Life took place at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami Dade – Kendall Campus. Each day of the three day program had a different focus; heart health through nutrition, CPR / AED (Automated External Defibrillators) training and celebrating heart health. On the first day, fitness instruction was provided by Marlins own Strength and Conditioning Coach Ty Hill. The kids worked up a serious sweat going over the 20 minute exercise routines very similar to the ones that Ty facilitates with the Marlins players. Back inside, Jen Llanos shared tidbits about healthy eating, sprinkled in with a Q&A period where participants received Marlins giveaways for giving the best snack choices to eat.

During the second day of the program Jeff was joined by 911 Educational Consultants to instruct the proper CPR techniques and teach the kids how to use safely use an AED.. The next workroom over, Cardiologist Dr. Sizemore joined the kids to share information about why it’s important to stay healthy, sharing large scale models of a heart while the kids enjoyed healthy snacks. At the end of the day’s lesson all 100 kids walked away with their own CPR kits, courtesy of Amerigroup Foundation, so that they may practice CPR skills at home with their families.

The last day of the program was Graduation Day where all of the kids received a certificate for completing Compression for Life. The highlight of the day was a huge celebration party where the kids were joined by Jeff’s special guests, Billy The Marlin, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and Marlins President David Samson. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of games, bounce houses, healthy snacks and dancing as they celebrated the fact that they are now armed with the tools to be heart healthy.

Special thank you to program sponsors: American Heart Association of South Florida, 911 Educational Consultants, Sergio’s Printing

and Exults- South Florida.

Compression for Life – Day 2

CPR training

CPR training

Yesterday, Jeff Urgelles, Marlins Bullpen Catcher, hosted the second class of Compression for Life Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami Dade. With the help of the American Heart Association and Miami Dade College, over 100 kids were taught CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) compression techniques. To the tune of the song “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees the kids compressed the chests of test dummies. They also were taught how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Later, the kids engaged in physical activity to really get their hearts in motion, playing various games on the basketball court. As we ended the day’s session you could hear the kids singing the lyrics to their new favorite song, “Ah, ha, ha, ha, Stayin’ alive. Stayin’ alive”, as they head home for the evening. Next week, Jeff will present certificates to all the kids for participating in Compression for Life at the Celebration Party.

CPR demonstration

CPR demonstration

AED demonstration

AED demonstration

Outside fun

Outside fun

Warm Up

Warm Up

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