Help reduce stroke by moving more this month

We often hear about the ‘lifestyle diseases’ affected by physical inactivity, with type 2 diabetes chief among these, but did you realise that lack of exercise is a key risk factor for stroke?

Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers, and there are more than 50,000 strokes each year – many of which would be preventable through increased fitness.

According to Stroke Foundation Clinical Council Member Professor Tammy Hoffman ‘Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week can help to reduce your risk of stroke’.

This month the Stroke Foundation’s initiative to get more people moving while raising awareness of stroke prevention, Stride4stroke challenge is back. If you’re looking for a topical challenge for your clients or participants, why not get involved and help motivate your people while also raising funds and awareness? When you and your team sign up online, you’ll receive a free pack to help with reaching fundraising and fitness goals, and those who raise over $100 enter a draw to win a Fitbit.

Stroke Foundation Executive Director of Stroke Services Toni Aslett said: ‘Stroke touches all of our lives in some way whether it is personally, through a family member, friend or colleague. By taking part in Stride4stroke you will be helping raise stroke awareness, funds for a great cause and also lowering your own stroke risk by staying healthy and exercising. It can be a few steps, a short bike ride, or a few laps of the pool – let us know about it and be a part of our 2016 Stride4stroke team’

Source: Stroke Foundation