Submitted by SCAFoundation on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 1:49pm

Deadline extended to May 25

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced the launch of its Spring 2011 “You Can Save a Life™” Video Contest. Students from elementary school through college are invited to create their own short (3-5 minute) videos promoting the importance of recognizing cardiac arrest, calling 9-1-1, giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or chest compressions, and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to help save a life. The winner in each contest category (Elementary, Secondary, College/University/Vocational Technical School) will receive a CPR Anytime™ Kit. The Grand Prize winner will also receive an AED and a Nintendo Wii gaming system.

The Foundation’s panel of judges—which includes health education experts, students, and SCA awareness advocates—will review videos based on these criteria:

  • Creativity/originality
  • Degree of student participation
  • Content
  • Likelihood to raise awareness.

While technical accuracy is not a primary focus in the judging, one of the objectives of the contest and its prizes is to encourage the development—through awareness, training and confidence-building—of potentially life-saving skills. Teams who leverage social media—YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.—to promote their video and encourage family, friends and community members to share it, will gain an advantage in awareness points.

“We’re challenging students around the country to use their unique talents to create memorable stories that raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, and can contribute to helping save more lives in schools and communities,” said Mary Newman, president of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

Video entries are due Wednesday, May 25. The winners will be announced during National CPR/AED Awareness Week the first week of June.

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