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August 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Free youth cardiac screenings offered at Chief Sealth Aug. 24

I wanted to share this press release. Chief Sealth is asking its fall-sports athletes to participate in the free screening and are even scheduling practices around the event.

It is not limited to Chief Sealth students, and is open to anyone ages 14-24.

Here are the details:

As part of its commitment to making our schools and community safer, Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the Nick of Time Foundation to host free youth heart screenings for all West Seattle youth on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Chief Sealth International High School. All students between the ages of 14-24 years are eligible for a screening, regardless of enrollment status.

According to the American Heart Association, one in every 350 young people has an undetected heart condition. The best way to detect these conditions is through a heart screening using an ECG (electrical test) and Echocardiograms (ultrasound) of the heart. The test is painless and takes about 25 minutes. Athletes especially are encouraged to sign up for a cardiac screening. Nick of Time Foundation and their partners, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital, offer this important event to ensure the youth in your community are heart safe.

More information is available online at www.nickoftimefoundation.org. Those interested can download the forms and email for an appointment time. To pre-register your child for a screening, email appt@nickoftimefoundation.org. Please include the following information:

— Child’s full name (first, last)

— Age/Date of Birth

— Parent’s name, email address and contact phone number

— Where the child attends school

— Preferred (first and second choice) appointment time between 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Last year, the Seattle School Board voted unanimously to update the District emergency management plan to include a public access automated external defibrillator (AED) program. Seattle Public Schools collaborated with the Heart of Seattle Schools, a non-profit organization that includes the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders, local hospitals, the American Heart Association, Nick of Time Foundation and other school community partners, to develop a plan for implementing this program. Starting in the fall, SPS will begin placing AEDs in schools with the ultimate goal of having an AED in every school and ensuring that staff are trained to use them if necessary.

Nick of Time Foundation- FREE Youth Heart Screening

Wednesday, Aug. 24

7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chief Sealth International High School

2600 SW Thistle Street

Seattle, WA 98126

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