A New Year’s resolution worth keeping


Executive Director, Winona County Red Cross

If you're like me, New Year's resolutions rarely see the dawn of March. We then vow next year will be different. Eventually leading us to wonder who ever came up with the silly idea.


This resolution doesn't talk about good carbs or bad carbs"but it does have to do with your health. My challenge to each and every family in Winona County is to have at least one household member trained in the case of an emergency. There are many different opportunities and options for people to get trained.

Family First Aid Workshops are a great opportunity for the entire family to take part in a fun workshop that is built upon the basics. You will learn how to deal with sudden illnesses, checking unconscious and conscious victims, along with hands on skills associated with choking, bleeding, and splinting. We will come to you"if you have a community, church, or youth group interested in learning more give us a call to discuss options and cost. These can be customized to your group and for those that want information but don't need certification, this is a great option!

Health & Safety Certification Courses are in-depth courses taught by a certified Red Cross instructor. Some examples include: Babysitter's Training, Adult/Child/Infant CPR, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Bloodborne Pathogens. Class fees range, please call for schedule and specific cost.

It would not be fair for me to challenge a community without pledging at the same time. The Winona County Red Cross is also making a New Year's Resolution as a chapter. We will be offering community outreach programs, free of charge, at least once a month throughout the 2008 year. There will be many different opportunities ranging from disaster services training to family readiness workshops. It is only because of our wonderful volunteers that we are able to offer these great classes.

Consider taking this Family New Year's Resolution challenge. Pledge to learn more, get training, and take action when seconds could mean the difference in saving a life.

If you are interested in finding out more, please call the Winona County Red Cross at 507-452-4258 or e-mail winredc@luminet.net. You can also visit us on the web at www.winonacountyredcross.org.

The Winona County Red Cross wishes you a safe and Hap


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