The print edition of today's Arizona Daily Star includes a story I wrote about a new program that employs public health nurses in Pima County's public libraries.

In addition to getting help from nurses, patrons at local libraries can also learn chest compression CPR, thanks to the University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center.

The next session, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the community room of the Himmel Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Free parking is available.

Reservations are requested, but not required. Email or call 626-4146. For more information about UA Sarver Heart Center, visit


In addition to the CPR training, UA experts will give a talk titled, "Winning the Battle Over Heart Disease: The Role of Diet and Exercise."

Scheduled speakers include Dr. Janet Funk, an associate professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Heather Danielson, a registered dietitian at the UA Medical Center.


The talk and free hands-on CPR training is part of a Healthy Heart series taking place in public libraries through May 2013.

Sarver Heart Center officials held their first lecture at the Valencia library on Sept. 10.

"For years the UA Sarver Heart Center offered chest-compression-only CPR training in DuVal Auditorium in The University of Arizona Medical Center  and we thought we might reach more people with that lifesaving message if we took the show on the road, so to speak," Sarver Heart Center spokeswoman Katie Maass wrote in an email.

"We selected libraries because they offer great meeting rooms all around our community, the library staff is helping us with outreach to the community groups that regularly use the libraries, and they were very willing to collaborate with the Sarver Heart Center."


Here is a link to the full Tucson series: