CPR training is now available through the Joplin Health Department and has been noted as an important skill to learn. Doctors have stated administering CPR outside the hospital can save thousands of lives annually, but about half of Americans say they don’t know how to do it.

Two classes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation are being offered on Thursday, January 18, for the public. Classes will be held in Conference Room 1 of the Joplin Public Library, 1901 East 20th Street. The classes are a part of the American Heart Association’s training.

AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED is scheduled from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This course trains participants to give CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Students receive a certification upon completion. Fee for the course is $50 per person.

AHA HeartCode® BLS Skills Checkoff will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am on January 18. The course is designed for those who have already completed the online portion of the HeartCode® BLS course: https://elearning.heart.org/course/437 . This is the hands-on skills session check-off to complete the certification for HeartCode® BLS. Cost is $20 per person.

Preregistration and pre-payment are required to attend either of these classes. Participants can complete these steps by going to the Joplin Parks registration website of their online catalog. Classes are listed under the Adult Programs division of the registration site. Citizens can also call the Health Department at 417.623.6122, ext. 1258 for more information.

(Joplin, MO) – The Joplin Metro Corporate Challenge (JMCC), along with presenting sponsor Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) is thrilled to announce the start of its 2024 season, providing an exciting opportunity for Joplin Metro companies to engage and interact with one another through a series of sporting and recreational events. The JMCC, an Olympic-type competition, aims to promote employee wellness, teamwork, and community engagement while raising funds for local charities.

“This is such a great event for our community and area businesses! It brings everyone together for fun, friendly competition, networking, and adds an element of health and well-being,” said Steven Benfield, Director of Recreational Services at MSSU. “All while benefiting great local organizations!  I can say firsthand that the morale at MSSU was elevated during our participation in the Corporate Challenge! We are a relatively big organization, so it was fun to spend time and get to know other MSSU employees outside of our normal work setting!”

Following the success of its inaugural year, the 2024 JMCC promises to be even more exciting and competitive. The events lined up for this season include a wide range of activities, such as 5K, basketball, bowling, cornhole, pickleball, softball, volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, scavenger hunt, walk, slim down challenge, e-sports tournament, disc golf, golf scramble, and weightlifting. Whether participants are seasoned athletes, new to sports, or only interested in recreational activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this spirited competition.

Companies interested in participating in this year’s JMCC are invited to register promptly to secure their spot in the games. The entry fee is based on the number of employees working for your company in the Joplin Metro area.

The 2024 JMCC will continue to support local charities that significantly impact the Joplin community. This year’s selected beneficiaries are the Boys & Girls Club of SWMO and SET Ranch & Prosperity Club.

“We are excited to join the Corporate Challenge again this year,” said Sarah McMullen, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of SWMO. “We are thrilled to be selected as a recipient of the funds that Corporate Challenge raises. Our community needs are growing, and our work at the Club is never done. With costs rising, these funds raised will go to supplies used in our academic enrichment programming, workforce readiness lessons, and substance abuse prevention programs.”

Last year’s success story saw Freeman Health System clinching the first-place trophy, followed closely by Missouri Southern State University in second place and Mercy Hospital taking third place.

“The participation and feedback we received in our inaugural season affirmed the need to continue this fantastic initiative,” said Serita Eldridge, Program Director of the JMCC.  “The 2024 season promises to deliver even more excitement, camaraderie, and community engagement. We invite all Joplin Metro companies to unite, challenge each other, and make a difference in our community through this amazing event.”

For more information about the Joplin Metro Corporate Challenge and how to register, please visit our website at  jmcorporatechallenge.com.


Serita Eldridge, Program Director
Joplin Metro Corporate Challenge