Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Weeks

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week: February 12 - 18, 2017

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week: March 12 - 18, 2017


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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week 2017
March 12-18, 2017

Celebrate Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week and educate your community about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with lung disease.

Also take the opportunity to thank your team members for their contributions and share with them valuable educational resources to further their professional development. Look for discounts on featured pulmonary-related webcasts in the AACVPR Store!

Click here to purchase merchandise and apparel to help celebrate Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week.

Download the media kit here!


How are you celebrating Pulmonary Rehab Week?

Share your story and inspire pulmonary rehab professionals from around the country to recognize their own patients and staff!


Ideas and Inspiration from Fellow Programs

In honor of National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, make it a priority to learn what the only peer-reviewed accreditation for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs can do to improve patient care at your facility. AACVPR Program Certification is built on proven best practices so that programs like yours can hold themselves to the highest industry standard.

Celebrate Pulmonary Rehabilitation with an Inspirational Video

AACVPR and the American Lung Association of California have partnered to provide an educational video on the role of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in managing COPD. Take Control of Your COPD: A Guide to Better Living offers extensive demonstrations and instruction of many critical elements of pulmonary rehabilitation. Consider offering this resource to your patients who cannot attend traditional PR classes or who need an update. The video is also a valuable resource for PR clinicians and other caregivers. Click Here to learn more.

A sample of 2016 PR Week celebrations from around the country:

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital - West Chester, PA 
At Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA we are offering a drawing. Our patients are filling out clouds on a “What INSPRES You to Keep Breathing?” board. The winner is picked at random and gets a gift card. 

Stephens County Hospital - Toccoa, GA
We plan to have a hospital wide survey about pulmonary rehab and give away candy and information about pulmonary rehab. We hope to spread the word about PR.

Yuma Regional Medical Center - Yuma, AZ
We're doing fun and exciting things in Yuma, AZ for Pulmonary Rehab week! On Monday we did a patient giveaway of oranges (for Vitamin C intake and for a fun snack), Wednesday was hand sanitizer giveaways (again infection prevention), and on Friday was small containers of bubbles so our patients “can blow their stress away.”

Promedica Flower Hospital - Sylvania, OH
We had daily events throughout the week. Corn hole games, “Name That Tune” of TV shows current and old. We had shortened clips of their music. We also did Irish Trivia (being it’s during the week of St. Patrick’s). Then there was a day with a luncheon and a “Jeopardy Game” It was created for our computer with all the “bells and whistles” that are identical to the actual Jeopardy Game.

Lafayette Physical Therapy, Inc. - Lafayette, CA
We asked our staff what takes your breath away in honor of the AACVPR's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week: Snowboarding down a black diamond peak, laughing until you cry, trees!, and of course exercise!

SwedishAmerican Hospital - Rockford, IL
We had the patients participate in dress up days where Monday was wear your favorite hat day and Wednesday was wear green for St. Patrick's day or wear your favorite tie day and Friday was wear purple day (our hospital's color). On Monday, the pulmonary rehab participants received an apple for their lung health and were given a word search with a word list that contained words only pertaining to lungs and the respiratory system. On Wednesday, the pulmonary participants participated in a Qigong class taught by a Qigong instructor and then all those that participated where entered into a drawing for a free month of phase 3 pulmonary rehab. On Friday, the pulmonary rehab participants were given either a jar of bubbles or a pinwheel (their choice), of course to help with pursed lip breathing. Also, on Thursday, the local TV station channel 13 did an interview with a pulmonary fibrosis patient, a staff member, and the coordinator of the pulmonary rehab program, to highlight pulmonary rehab week. The interview aired on TV that night at the 6 o'clock and 10 o'clock news as well as the following morning!! We are very proud of the celebrations!

Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (TSSCVPR) - Downingtown, PA
In celebration of Pulmonary Rehab Week members of TSSCVPR traveled to the Pennsylvania State Capital in Harrisburg, PA on March 15, 2016 to meet with Gov. Tom Wolf who proclaimed Pulmonary Rehab Week in the state of Pennsylvania. We were also introduced before the House and Senate where resolutions where passed proclaiming Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week in Pennsylvania. Tri-State members make this annual trip to Harrisburg to celebrate Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Week.

OSU Center for Wellness & Prevention - Columbus, OH
Here at the OSU Pulmonary Rehab program we have several activities we offered this week. We created a “Get To Know Your Pulm Rehab Staff” board with some fun questions about each staff member and their pictures, we did a raffle for a PR Gift Pack, we did a “Guess How Many Mints in the water bottle” contest, we provided fresh fruit and water to patients throughout the week. And of course we all wore our AACVPR PR Week shirts one day.

Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital - Ashland, KY
We celebrated Pulmonary rehab week with patients using bubbles to demonstrate correct breathing technique. On Friday our medical director, Dr. Michael Ehrie, discussed new treatments for lung disease. We had a total of 45 patients attend. Refreshments were served and there were prize drawings for patients that attended. 

Does your hospital host or participate in any special events for Cardiac and/or Pulmonary Rehabilitation Weeks? Let us know via email or on our Facebook page

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Week 2017
February 12-18, 2017

Celebrate National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week and draw attention to the role of cardiac rehabilitation in reducing the potentially devastating effects of heart disease.

The week is also a great opportunity to recognize your team members for their contributions. We encourage you to not only offer your thanks but also share valuable educational resources to advance patient care. Look for discounts on featured cardiovascular-related Webcasts in the AACVPR Store in February!

Click here to purchase merchandise and apparel to help celebrate Cardiac Rehabilitation Week.

Download the media kit here!

How are you celebrating Cardiac Rehab Week?

Share your story and inspire cardiac rehab professionals from around the country to recognize their own patients and staff!


Ideas and Inspiration from Fellow Programs

Hold yourself and your CR program to the highest industry standard. In honor of National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, make it a priority to learn what the only peer-reviewed accreditation for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs can do to improve patient care at your facility. AACVPR Program Certification is built on proven best practices so that programs like yours can hold themselves to the highest industry standard.

2017 CR Week celebrations from around the country:

River Falls Area Hospital - River Falls, WI
At River Falls Area Hospital we started CR week the weekend before by hosting a hospital wide 5K run/walk open to employees and their families. After the run we served whole wheat pancakes with pure maple syrup and fresh fruit. We had a week long BINGO challenge for our patients to participate in. The squares consisted of tasks such as eating 2-3 servings of fruit per day, trying a new exercise machine in CR, and the toughest square on the board, going the whole week not complaining about the weather. Participants who got a BINGO received small prizes throughout the week. We served fresh fruit and dark chocolate all week long and did a food portion sizing game with patients as well. On Thursday we hosted a lunch & learn open to all hospital staff, patients and their families. The lunch & learn featured our CR Medical Director who discussed heart disease risk factors, a past patient who talked about his experience in CR, and an Exercise Physiologist who discussed exercise guidelines.

Three Rivers Health - Three Rivers, MI
For Cardiac Rehabilitation week, we our hosting a Heart Health Fair. This annual event is open and free to the public. We bring in vendors who set up informational booths. We are offering massage demos, drawings for door prizes, free stroke screenings, free cholesterol screenings to help draw awareness to heart disease. Local businesses donate healthy food options for the event also. 

Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital - Tipton, IN
We are celebrating cardiac rehab week by decorating out gym for the week—one day we are handing out a cardiac rehab word search—turn it in completed for an entry into the jar for a $10 gift card to local restaurant. We have a mason jar with hearts—guess the number of candy hearts, closest one to guess without going over wins the jar. One day each pt will receive a gift bag that is a reusuable bag (heart/ekg strip) for groceries with items promoting relaxation/ healthy eating it it---crossword puzzle or word search book, oatmeal packet,  granola bar, hand sanitizer and bath soak for relaxation/muscle aches and the poem “This is the beginning of a new day…….”. Also on the lunch hour one day there is an open house/tour of rehab. Happy Cardiac Rehab Week!  Love this job!

The Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation - Galveston, TX
This week we are doing some fun activities with patients and hospital staff! We will have a week long guessing game for dark chocolates in a jar. The winner takes home the chocolates and a cardiac rehab tumbler. Daily activities with the patients will include the following; 

  • MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY – Patients fill out a card with what motivates them and hang it on our “motivation wall” all week long.
  • TOSS IT TUESDAY – Patients toss a beach ball in the air like dice. Each side of the beach ball has a different “challenge” (push-ups, lunges, etc.) Patients will choose a staff member to complete which ever challenge they roll.
  • WACKY SOCK WEDNESDAY – Patients and staff get into the spirit of fun by wearing wacky socks to celebrate mid-week.
  • TRIVIA THURSDAY – Facts and questions are posted all around the rehab room for patients to read and learn more about heart diseases, nutrition, and exercise.
  • FUN FRIDAY – Our MWF patients get a chance at the toss it dice game. Patients toss a beach ball in the air like dice. Each side of the beach ball has a different “challenge” (push-ups, lunges, etc.) Patients will choose a staff member to complete which ever challenge they roll.

We also have a few tables set up in the main lobby of our hospital where will be providing assessments as well as education on blood pressure and body composition measurements. We have water and granola to hand out for those that stop by. We will be doing a hula hoop challenge all day long at the table as well. Willing participants will gear up and see how long they can keep the hula hooping! The winner takes home a Cardiac Rehab tumbler.

ThedaCare - Waupaca, WI
The cardiac rehab program in Waupaca Wisconsin is decorated for the week. Heart shaped balloons, window clings, and other decorations bring excitement to our gym. Each day of the week, we will be featuring a heart-healthy snack prepared by our staff. We also have a large bulletin board detailing heart disease. We are asking each patient to write down what they are doing to keep their heart healthy and we will put these statements on our bulletin board as well. The patients and staff will be wearing red all week to celebrate as well.

Scotland County Hospital - Memphis, MO
Our Cardiac Rehab program at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO is putting up random cardiac rehab and heart health facts throughout our facility. We are also setting up a table with heart shaped balloons in our cafeteria with heart healthy brochures. To add a little Cardiac Rehab humor at our table, we are also filling empty pizza boxes with a beautiful selection of fresh veggies and a sign that says "Free, Help Yourself". The pizza boxes will be opened only to find our selection of healthy veggies and signs inside the box with nutrition facts and info regarding label reading, along with a note that says "From our heart to yours, Love your SCH Cardiac Rehab Staff". Hopefully people will find our prank as humorous as we do :)

Habersham Medical Center Cardiac Rehab - Demorest, GA
We are kicking off Cardiac Rehab Week with something we have been promoting for the past 4 weeks or so...."Motivational Mondays" (whereby the patients are setting small attainable goals concerning their own personal modifiable risk factors); "Wonderful Wednesdays" (of EDUCATION - Each week a different topic is introduced...this is in addition to our usual educational seminars we put on)...and "Fabulous Fridays" (to evaluate our small goals set on Monday). This week we are serving heart healthy muffins on Monday and giving away water bottles; Wednesday we are serving fruit and veggies and giving away first aid kits...we are also giving out a "Circulatory System" crossword and the participants will receive a prize on Friday...also on Friday we are serving "finger foods" and giving out misc freebies.  

We are so very proud of our program! We have been AACVPR certified since the inception of AACVPR.  We recently sent in our re-certification (last month) and look forward to continuing our certified program for many, many, many years!

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