How to Make CPR Flyers
By Filonia LeChat
In 2010, the lifesaving medical technique of CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, celebrates its golden (50th) anniversary. According to the American Heart Association, use of CPR after a sudden cardiac arrest may double or triple the victim's survival chances. Whether you want to promote CPR awareness in your community, publicize a new training course or offer facts about CPR and heart health, creating a flier may be a quick and inexpensive way to get the word out. Fliers are single sheets of standard 8.5-by-11-inch copy paper, distributed by hand or placed in public areas such as coffee shops and grocery stores.
Open a desktop publishing program and click the "Blank Page" setting to get a standard page of flier paper, size 8.5 by 11 inches.
Pull down the "Insert" menu, click "Picture" and select "From File." Browse to a location on your computer where you have images stored for the flier, such as people modeling the correct positioning for CPR hand and mouth placement. Double-click a file name and it opens on the flier. Drag it into place with your cursor, then repeat to get all the images on the document. You can position them later, once all the text is in place.
Click the "Text" tool located on the "Tools" palette, then draw a text box at the top of the page to serve as the flier's headline. Type the headline, such as "Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after a cardiac arrest with no CPR." Highlight the text and use the text toolbar at the top of the page to select a font and color. Change the text to be bold and large to catch the readers' eyes.
Create another text box on the page and add more text, such as bullet points with information including: "People suffering cardiac arrest lose seven to 10 percent of survival chances every minute without CPR," or "95 percent of cardiac victims die before they can reach the hospital."
Add a link to the American Heart Association's website, giving it credit for the facts on the flier.
Add another text box with your organization's contact information, such as an email address or website, plus hours of operation if you're offering CPR training or assistance.
Click once on a text box or image to give it focus, then drag it into place on the flyer with your cursor. Line up images and text boxes to give the flier a simple, easy-to-read flow.
- Microsoft Publisher and Adobe InDesign are both desktop publishing/layout and design programs. They allow for precise placement of graphics and text and even come with pre-set design options to speed your flier creation. You can find a free trial download of each one; experiment with flier creation and see how comfortable you feel before purchasing the software. Microsoft Publisher may be included with your computer's installation of Microsoft Office. With Microsoft Office, you get Microsoft Word, which may also be used to create fliers. The word processing program isn't as user-friendly as a desktop publishing program, but for basic, simple fliers without a lot of images or text placement, it should work.
Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.