Texas Two Step: Save a Life Campaign 2018

Posted 03/19/2018 | By HealthCorps

Texas Two Step: Save a Life Campaign 2018

7,892 trained at lifesaving event held nationwide including trainings led by Dr. Oz


NEW YORK, NY (February 26, 2018)— On Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 in the midst of Heart Health Month, over 900 medical students trained 7,892 people in life-saving hands-only CPR at 60 sites across the country with large scale events in Atlanta, Houston and New York City.

The event was created by a group of medical students and the Texas College of Emergency Physicians in 2016 after recognizing the need to train more Texans in lifesaving, hands-only CPR

During 5-minute training sessions, participants learned how to act quickly in the event of cardiac emergencies by following two easy steps: 1) Call 911 and 2) Initiate hands-only CPR.

HealthCorps has been a partner of the Texas Two Step: Save a Life Campaign since its inception in 2016. In 2017, the event expanded across the state to include 14 cities and all Texas medical schools. Last year, the event trained more than 6,500 individuals in 42 locations throughout the state of Texas.

“It is exciting to see so many men, women, and children taking the first step towards being a life-saving hero by learning one of the simplest and most effective life-saving tools – the Texas 2 Step method of CPR,” said Dr. Jon Spiers a retired cardiac surgeon and member of HealthCorps’ Board of Adivsors. Dr. Spiers led trainings in Houston.

HealthCorps’ founder, Dr. Mehmet Oz joined the students in training sessions held in New York City on February 24. Dr. Oz provided trainings at Grand Central Terminal and two New York Health and Racquet Club locations.

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, an emergency room physician, Sharecare’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy, and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, led trainings in Atlanta’s two locations.  She commented, “Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and every year, 400,000 people go into cardiac arrest in the community. That means that any one of us could be a bystander, and knowing CPR can save a life. We are glad we were able to bring this lifesaving event to our communities again this year.”

To learn more about Texas Two Step: Save a Life Campaign please visit www.tx2stepcpr.com.


About HealthCorps

HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization that gives teens short and long-term lifesaving skills for physical and mental health so they and their families can live longer, more productive and happier lives. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought. The program will impact almost 1 million students across the United States in 2017.

The HealthCorps curriculum has been refined and developed in its in-school Living Labs program since 2003, where a full-time Coordinator is placed inside a high-need high school for two years to mentor hundreds of students, teach health related workshops, and promote a variety of during and after school activities. Coordinators are recent college graduates who go on to careers in medicine, public health policy or wellness practices.

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