Small steps count this Stroke Week

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

THIS week is Na­tional Stroke Week and lo­cal res­i­dents are urged to take steps to­wards a healthy lifestyle to re­duce their risk of stroke.

Stroke Foun­da­tion re­search shows there will be 397 strokes in the Indi re­gion this year alone.

Most strokes can be pre­vented by com­plet­ing reg­u­lar ac­tions and in­cor­po­rat­ing sim­ple healthy habits into their ev­ery­day life.

Beech­worth phar­ma­cist Ruth Parker said reg­u­lar health checks were the first step to­wards pre­vent­ing a stroke with checks avail­able at her Ford Street busi­ness.

“The first step is a free five-minute health check that could save your life,” Ms Parker said.

“A health check can quickly de­tect high blood pres­sure, which is the big­gest risk fac­tor for stroke and can be man­aged.”

Stroke Foun­da­tion Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Sharon McGowan said more than 80 per cent of strokes can be pre­vented and small steps to­wards a health­ier life could make a big im­pact.

“By eat­ing well, stay­ing ac­tive, be­ing smoke-free and keep­ing al­co­hol con­sump­tion to a min­i­mum you can re­duce your risk of stroke,” Ms McGowan said.

Na­tional Stroke Week runs from Mon­day, Septem­ber 3 to Sun­day, Septem­ber 9.

Around the coun­try com­mu­nity groups, hos­pi­tals, phar­ma­cies, work­places and in­di­vid­u­als will take part in thou­sands of ac­tiv­i­ties to raise stroke aware­ness.

Free health checks will be pro­vided at Beech­worth Pharmacy through­out the month of Septem­ber as part of Na­tional Stroke Week.

The Stroke Week mes­sage is – ‘Ev­ery step counts to­wards a healthy life’.

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