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You’ve likely heard “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” This is a tried and true motto. It reminds us to pay close attention to what we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and say with our mouths. During this month as we focus on healthy hearts, it’s the perfect time to encourage you to “be the good” and renew your CPR certification – and if this certification is a new idea to you, that’s ok. Read on for reasons to make this life-saving skill a priority.

  • According to CPR Headquarters, providing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in the initial minutes of an episode of cardiac arrest can help circulate blood that contains oxygen to the victim’s brain and other vital organs.
  • More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States per year, out of which 70% happen inside homes.
  • Ninety percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest die prior to reaching a hospital or medical care facility.
  • Effective CPR provided by a bystander in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can increase the chances of survival by two or three times.
  • According to an American Heart Association (AHA) study, less than 20 percent of Americans are equipped to perform CPR during a medical emergency situation.
    CPR aids in increasing the duration of electric shock provided via a defibrillator, thereby, making the process more effective.
  • If a bystander does not perform CPR, the survival chances of a victim will decrease 7% in every single minute of delay.

So, be a hero, get CPR certified, and BE THE GOOD!


Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email amy@bodyandsoul.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.

“When the world is spinning out of control Your love is like my gravity. When I am overboard and going under, Your love will come and rescue me. And somehow You find a way to reach me, when I can’t see the road before me. When the world is spinning out of control Your love is like my gravity, holding me down.”

Does the world seem “out of control” to you? Whether it’s the daily news, or the latest family news, again and again we are faced with hard things that we cannot control, things that seem totally out of control. So where do we turn, when the world and our personal world is spinning out of control? This song has an answer. Turn to God’s love; know that he is in control, even when things seem out of control. It is his love that can be the gravity that holds us down, keeping us grounded in this spinning world. His love rescues us when we feel hopeless and helpless. His word comforts us in hard times. Spend some time reading the Psalms and note how David responded when he was being pursued by Saul who was ready to kill him. God’s love was his gravity, just as it is for us today. When you can’t see the road before you, trust in God’s unfailing love, just like David did.

Psalm 52:8b, 9 “I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done, I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.”

Questions: Is there something spinning out of control in your life right now? Will you trust in God’s unfailing love to steady you in the midst of the spin?

Prayer Power: Dear Lord, thank you for your love that holds me steady in the midst of this spinning life. Help me to always look to you and seek you in your word. Thank you for rescuing me when I’m feeling like I’m “going under.” Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

February is American Heart Health month and as any fitness organization, Body & Soul is all about celebrating healthy hearts and helping people strive toward the best heart health possible. According to the Cleveland Clinic, our hearts beat 100,000 times a day, pumping 1.5 gallons of blood each minute, and are about the size of our hands clasped together. In addition to these important and informative facts, here are a few things about our hearts that you may not know:

  • A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats per minute.
  • The more education you have, the lower your risk of heart disease.
  • The first heart pacemakers plugged into a wall socket.
  • Modesty prompted the invention of the stethoscope. Doctors pressed their ears directly against a patient’s chest to hear the heartbeat prior to its invention.

Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health, and the American Heart Association makes the following recommendations for exercise based on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, second edition, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

  • Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week.
  • Add moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity (such as resistance or weights) on at least 2 days per week.
  • Spend less time sitting. Even light-intensity activity can offset some of the risks of being sedentary.
  • Gain even more benefits by being active at least 300 minutes (5 hours) per week.
    Increase amount and intensity gradually over time.

At Body & Soul Fitness, we aren’t only celebrating healthy physical hearts – we also love helping people strive toward the best spiritual heart health as well. As we meet in groups to challenge our physical cardiovascular systems, we also exercise spiritually. We hear Scripture song in the lyrics of upbeat, motivating music. We pray together and share stories that make up these beautiful lives we live. And we support one another as we pursue balanced, active lifestyles. Join us this month in a class in your area. We would love to celebrate with you!


Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email amy@bodyandsoul.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.