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Posted April 8, 2015

Nearly 200 FANS Employees Learn CPR

Food and Nutrition Services employees took part in Project Heart Start during the department's annual mini-conference in March.

Nearly 200 employees of APS Food and Nutrition Services learned compression-only CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator) during the department's annual mini-conference in March.

Project Heart Start is dedicated to saving lives through teaching compression-only CPR.

This was one of the largest groups of APS employees, and the largest group of any food service department in New Mexico, to take the Project Heart Start training at one time.

The skills were taught by Christine Cartwright, the school nurse at James Monroe MS, and two volunteers from the New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation. Three consecutive courses were held in order for everyone to get a chance to practice CPR. 

During the mini-conference, employees also attended a stretch and relax class taught by Phillip Martinez from Grant Middle School.

And FANS very own Anna Clark taught a class on puff pastry.

Employees also attended classes on making a wellness plan taught by Lori Bennison and certification for food services employees taught by Sabrina Gonzales.

The conference theme was “Our Schools are Lucky to Have You” and was decorated as a mini- Vegas with lots of prizes donated by businesses throughout Albuquerque.

Employees were also treated to a presentation of the colors and drill team demonstration by Jim Flores and the JROTC from Cibola. One of their site supervisors, Terri Quesada from Chamiza Elementary, sang the National Anthem.

During lunch employees were entertained by belly dancers from Manzano, High headed up by Hope Alvardo.

The conference was organized by the officers of their local association: Geri Garcia - Kennedy, Jeannette Bailey-Grusnick - James Monroe, Katrina Hall - Mark Twain and Genevieve Armijo - Seven Bar.

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