Small steps count this Stroke Week
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’.