Take the challenge this Stroke Week

THE National Stroke Foundation is urging Clarence Valley residents to take the challenge and raise awareness to prevent stroke this National Stroke Week (Sept 14-20).

National Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor said Stroke Week was about raising awareness to prevent stroke in New South Wales and across the country.

"With the communities support we will shine a spotlight on stroke encouraging all Australians to know the signs of stroke and how to minimise their own risk,'' Dr Lalor said.

"It is all about bringing people together to have fun, encourage healthy living and regular health checks."

This year hundreds of Stroke Week activities are expected to be held in New South Wales and more across Australia. Activities range from awareness morning teas, displays and talks to personal and team challenges, and health checks.

Throughout the week, all Australians are encouraged to:

  • Be aware of what stroke is, how to recognise a stroke and what to do
  • Live healthy to reduce the risk of stroke
  • Get a regular health check

National Stroke Week participants can choose activity that best suits them and the National Stroke Foundation will provide a free resource pack to assist. Participants may also choose to fundraise.

Dr Lalor said National Stroke Week activities, whether community wide or personal would have a real impact on improving the state of stroke.

"No postcode is untouched by this disease; it is impacting our families and communities. However, many of the more than 17,000 strokes that will occur in New South Wales this year can be prevented,'' Dr Lalor said.

"Be aware, live healthy and get checked this September. Take action to reduce your stroke risk and learn more about stroke.

"The significant burden stroke causes cannot be overcome without the vital support of the community, health professionals and government. Together we can fight stroke and win."

Take the challenge this National Stroke Week and raise awareness of stroke. Find out more, register your challenge at http://www.strokefoundation.com.au. Free resource packs and information are available to assist with events; including posters fundraising ideas and information about stroke prevention.

National Stroke Week runs from September 14 to 20. It is an annual event which aims to raise the awareness of stroke within the community and encourage Australians to take action to prevent stroke.

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