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If your summer vacation plans include a stop at one of the nation's major airline hubs, you can put your waiting time to good use by learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The American Heart Association and the Anthem Foundation partnered to provide interactive training kiosks that teach people how to perform hands-only CPR in just five minutes. The pilot kiosk program at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has trained more than 25,000 people so far.

The training includes a short a "how-to" video followed by a practice session on a rubber torso. You'll receive feedback about proper hand placement and the correct depth and rate of chest compressions—factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR. More than 20% of the estimated 359,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside the hospital each year happen in public places like airports, casinos, and sporting facilities.

The training kiosks are currently at the following six international airports: Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O'Hare, Indianapolis, Las Vegas' McCarran, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, and Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall.