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Sep 29, 2016


September 2016

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In this Issue:
CPR Saves a Life—This Stuff Really Works!
This month’s Heart Healthy Recipe—Pasta with Marinara Sauce & Grilled Vegetables.
This month’s coupon--$30 off all BLS courses done on the same day as ACLS, PALS, or NRP
October Class Schedule

CPR Saves a Life—This Stuff Really Works!
The odds of a baseball finding the spot under Steve Smith’s left arm pit that would disrupt his heart rhythm enough to put him into cardiac arrest were long. But the chances he survived that scare were even longer.
Yet, the recent Manassas Seton High graduate lived to tell his story. According to the reports, a catcher’s throw as Smith tried to scamper from second to third during a Manassas summer baseball practice caught him in the worst possible place at the worst possible time, causing commotio cordis — an often lethal agitation of the heart caused by a blow to the body’s precordial region (above the heart) during a certain point of the heartbeat. He immediately went into cardiac arrest.
“By the time I got to him from home plate to third base, he was non-responsive,” Manassas coach Tim Smith — Steve’s father — told NBC Washington. “Eyes rolled back in his head.”
So, Tim hollered for anybody who knew CPR, and Holy Family Academy’s Paul Dow — Steve’s teammate on the team preparing for a regional tournament — had learned CPR in his lifeguard training and quickly responded.
“I jump in, did CPR, like, I felt like I was having a spiritual conversation with him as he is sitting there slowly dying,” Dow told the local NBC affiliate.
Thanks to Dow’s swift action, Steve Smith regained consciousness before medics airlifted him to a hospital in Fairfax, Va., where he remained for three days in a medically induced coma, according to reports. When he awoke, he had no recollection of the near-death experience.
“I still feel like I couldn’t do anything to repay him,I know I don’t need to. He’s been here for me and we have been friends and everything, but something like that is kind of hard where someone helps you that much.”
Smith now calls Dow his “brother.” Dow was also one of the first people on hand when Smith came to at the hospital, and the two played Ping Pong together between their interviews with local media. While he has not been cleared to play, Smith attended the regional tournament and was honored before his team took the field.

Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Grilled Vegetables
By making this easy homemade marinara sauce you cut the calories by half and the fat by three quarters. Leave out the optional salt and you really have a heart healthy, delicious, easy-to-prepare dish.
•   2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
•   10 large fresh tomatoes, peeled and diced or you can use 2 cans chopped tomatoes, no salt added
•   Salt (optional)
•   1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
•   2 tablespoons chopped onion
•   1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
•   1 teaspoon sugar
•   1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
•   1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
•   2 red peppers, sliced into chunks
•   1 yellow summer squash, sliced lengthwise
•   1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
•   1 sweet onion, sliced into 1/4-inch-wide rounds
•   8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
To make the marinara sauce, in a heavy skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, salt, garlic, chopped onions, basil, sugar, oregano and black pepper. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes.
Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.
Brush the red peppers, squash, zucchini and sweet onion with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Place the vegetables on the grill rack or broiler pan. Grill or broil, turning as needed, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and set aside.
Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender (al dente), about 10 to 12 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly.
Divide the pasta evenly among individual plates. Top with the marinara sauce and grilled vegetables. Serve immediately. Serves 4. Serve with a salad for a complete meal.
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NIHE October Class Schedule: (Go to or call us at 800-773-8895 to register)

October 5—BLS Colton, CA
October 5 & 6 ACLS, PALS, NRP, & BLS San Francisco, CA
October 7—BLS Instructor Vacaville, CA
October 10—ACLS Renewal, BLS Colton, CA
October 11 & 12—ACLS, PALS, NRP, & BLS Sacramento, CA
October 12—BLS Colton, CA
October 12—BLS Instructor Colton, CA
October 13 & 14—ACLS Instructor Colton, CA
October 14—ACLS Renewal Colton, CA (discount offered on website limited space available)
October 17 & 18—ACLS Instructor Vacaville, CA
October 18 ACLS Renewal Vacaville, CA (discount offered on website limited space available)
October 19 BLS Colton, CA
October 19 & 20 ACLS, PALS, NRP, & BLS San Jose, CA
October 24 & 25 ACLS, PALS, NRP, & BLS Colton, CA
October 25 & 26 ACLS, PALS, NRP, & BLS Vacaville, CA

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