Na­tional Stroke Week high­light­ing health

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

NEXT week is Na­tional Stroke Week and this year, the Stroke Foun­da­tion is en­cour­ag­ing Aus­tralians to dis­cover how easy it is to fit healthy habits into their day and do their part to pre­vent stroke.

Na­tional Stroke Week, which will run from Septem­ber 3-9, is the Stoke Foun­da­tion’s an­nual aware­ness cam­paign and is this year high­light­ing the fact that that 80 per cent of strokes can be pre­vented sim­ply by liv­ing a healthy life­style.

Given there will be more than 56,000 strokes in 2018 alone, now is the per­fect time for Aus­tralians of all ages to make small steps to im­prove their health and re­duce their stroke risk.

Steps in­clude in­creas­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, eat­ing a bal­anced diet, mod­er­at­ing al­co­hol con­sump­tion, avoid­ing smok­ing and manag­ing blood pres­sure and choles­terol.

Stroke Foun­da­tion Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Sharon McGowan said it was vi­tal for peo­ple to un­der­stand how they can re­duce their risk of stroke.

“Stroke is a dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease which at­tacks the brain and changes lives in an in­stant, but it can be treated and it can be beaten,” she said.

More than 2300 com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties will be held across the country dur­ing Na­tional Stroke Week.

Ac­tiv­i­ties range from free health checks to morn­ing teas, in­for­ma­tion stalls, talks from stroke sur­vivors and per­sonal or team fundrais­ing chal­lenges.

To find a Na­tional Stroke Week event near you, email me­[email protected]­foun­da­tion.com.au or phone 9670 1000 for de­tails.

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