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All St. Pete employees to be CPR certified

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Wednesday that all city employees will undergo training in CPR and become certified. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans,” Kriseman said. “Eighty percent of cardiac events happen in the home or similar private setting. If a citizen nearby knows CPR, chances for survival for a cardiac arrest victim can double or even triple. Each of our city employees should be equipped to help save a life if necessary.” St. Petersburg…

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Personnel note: Mark Landreth, Shane Strum make moves

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Mark Landreth, who just came off a four-year tour as executive director of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, now is top government-relations man for the American Heart Association in Florida. He started Dec. 14. “It’s a wonderful organization, and I feel like I’m drinking from a fire hose because the scope of issues is so broad,” he told His main goal is passage of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HB 153/SB 760), which would “provide financing to construct, rehabilitate, or expand independent grocery stores and…

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Federal panel advises less salt, saturated fat and more cooking

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From the NY Times: The latest federal suggestions for how Americans should eat were issued on Tuesday morning: You can have an egg for breakfast, just not the bacon. There is nothing wrong with eating meat, but the government admits vegetarians might be on to something. As always, we need to eat more vegetables and grains, and less salt. And everyone needs to cook more. The advice comes from a 13-member board of scientists and nutritionists appointed by the Departments…

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