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* National Stroke Week 2019 *
Monday 2 to Sunday 8 September 2019 Every step counts towards a healthy life. This year, 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. It's estimated that more than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented simply by managing risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle. There are some risk factors for stroke which can't be prevented like age, family history and prior stroke. If you're male, your risk is also higher. There are two ways to approach this: first by talking to your doctor and secondly by taking ownership of your own health. Take charge of your own health: Eat well. Stay active. Be smoke free. Moderate alcohol intake. Visit your doctor for a health check to help manage blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat).
How to get involvedHost an awareness activity to share the Stroke Week message. Get a personal health check or run a health check event in your workplace, community group or public event Register for Stroke Week Receive a free Stroke Week kit filled with materials to help promote and support your activity. Join a Stroke Week event Each year hundreds of participants host events open to their community. StrokeSafe speakers Request a StrokeSafe volunteer speaker to present to your group Stroke Week resources Download free Stroke Week resources Health check locations Read more Set up a fundraising page Setup your own personalised fundraising page for Stroke Week Stroke symptoms The Stroke Foundation recommends the F.A.S.T. test as an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke. Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions: Face Check their face. Has their mouth drooped? Arms Can they lift both arms? Speech Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you? Time Is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away. strokefoundation.org.au
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