May is American Stroke Month
The focus of American Stroke Month is to make sure there are plenty of “stroke heroes” ready to save lives – and quality of life – from stroke.
We hope you’ll join in by learning the F.A.S.T. signs and sharing them with as many people as possible. Teach your family, friends and coworkers to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 immediately. Remember: the sooner stroke is treated, the better the odds of survival and a full recovery.
Stroke Telemedicine Act
Time is of the essence in treating stroke – for every minute that a patient isn’t treated, millions of brain cells die. Telemedicine – commonly referred to as “telestroke” – is highly effective in improving patient access to quality stroke care and thereby reducing disability.
We support the FAST Act (Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine Act, S. 1465/H.R. 2799). The FAST Act would provide Medicare reimbursement for telestroke services when the patient presents with stroke symptoms in an urban or suburban hospital. About 94 percent of all strokes occur in urban or suburban areas, and people in these areas deserve access to the improved care that telestroke provides. Take action today!
World Hypertension Day is May 17th
80 Million Americans have high blood pressure, but just half of those with the condition have it controlled within a healthy range. High blood pressure has a domino effect on health, leading to heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and even kidney disease. Taking control of blood pressure, can have a huge impact on the rates of CVD and kidney disease.
In honor of World Hypertension Day on May 17, we’re asking you to get your blood pressure checked as part of a global effort to reach 3 million blood pressure checks. Check your blood pressure now through May 17 and then click the “I checked my blood pressure” button.
Protect Physical Education for Kids
The benefits of physical education ring clear as a school bell. With daily PE, we can keep kids’ hearts healthy and their minds in gear to do their best at school. The fact is, active kids learn better. And the benefits don’t end there. Physical education has positive impacts on their physical, mental, and emotional health. Yet competing priorities are making effective PE programs less and less common. But with your help, we can change that.
Find out how you can take action and join the nation in protecting physical education.
Thank you for Participating in National Walking Day!
Thanks to everyone who took part in National Walking Day. By donating your minutes walked via #AHALaceUp, you helped us shatter our collective goal of 100,000 minutes walked. In fact, we logged well over 254,000 minutes, with social media support from people across the country as well as the TODAY show, Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, Sony, and many more!
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