At the start of the year — in partnership with the American Heart Association — The Times Media Co. challenged Northwest Indiana to invest a half hour in something that could save a life.

Halfway through the year, this focus on CPR training is making a difference. Already, more than 3,000 Region residents have made time for training.

As the July 4 holiday approaches and you celebrate with your family and friends, perhaps make it your mission to participate in training. It’s so important.

CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

Yet only 7 percent of the general public knows how to perform CPR, according to the American Heart Association.

This is why we wanted to make this a focus for 2017. Publisher Chris White kicked it off with a New Year’s Day column, and I offer an update today.

“We are very excited to have our results exceed 3,000 to date toward our goal in training 5,000 by Dec. 31,” said Diane Kemp, executive director of Northwest Indiana’s branch of the American Heart Association.

The Heart Association regularly holds free training events, and two big ones are planned for consecutive weeks in September.

The Lake County Heart Walk will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, and the Porter County Heart Walk will be held during the same hours Sept. 23 at Coffee Creek in Chesterton.

To register for these, simply email the Heart Association at nwicprtraining@heart.org.

We’re not going to wait for these events at The Times, however. We’re planning workplace training in August, and you can do the same at your business.

To learn more about workplace training programs, simply contact Kemp at diane.kemp@heart.org using corporate CPR training in the subject line or call 219-966- 4958.

We started the year with a goal of training 5,000, and we’re on track. Let’s pass it and take a collective step toward saving a life.

20 Under 40

Here’s a reminder that the nomination period closes at the end of business Monday for the annual “20 Under 40” awards program, sponsored by The Times Media Co. and our IN Business magazine.

Now in its 13th year, this signature event recognizes young professionals who show leadership in business, education, government and social services.

Nominations can be made at www.nwi.com/20Under40.

All submissions must include the nominee’s name, business and contact information and a brief summary of the nominee’s career. Letters supporting the nominee are welcome.

Each nomination should tell how the nominee meets one or more of the following “20 Under 40” criteria:

  • Demonstrates leadership or success, or both, in his or her field of interest or occupation.
  • Contributes to his or her field of interest, occupation or community through innovation.
  • Shows a personal commitment to community service.
  • Supports educational programs or institutions.

A panel of judges will review the nominations and select the 2017 honorees.

Thanks to all nominators who make time to send in nominations before the Fourth of July.

Have a great holiday with family and friends.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or bob.heisse@nwi.com.

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Bob is editor of The Times Media Co. He started in Northwest Indiana in April 2014 following stints as executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.