National Stroke Week highlighting health
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.