F.A.S.T. Warning Signs
Recognize the warning signs of stroke and call 9-1-1 immediately. This can make the difference between a strong recovery and disability or even death.
F = Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
A = Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred?
T = Time to call 911
A key risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure, the “silent killer”
- Most of the time there are no obvious symptoms.
- Certain physical traits and lifestyle choices can put you at a greater risk for high blood pressure.
- When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke and other health threats.
Stroke is dangerous and deadly — the No. 5 killer and a leading cause of disability in America. But you can control and treat several risk factors for stroke.
Whole body wellness can help you feel stronger, healthier and mentally sharp – and it can also reduce your stroke risk.
It’s never too late to start making healthier choices:
- Get enough sleep - Adults need 7-9 hours per night. Teenagers and children need more.
- Get regular check-ups - Schedule regular visits with your health care provider. Talk about how to control or manage your risk factors.
- Move more, sit less
- Aim for 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise (or a combination) per week.
- Eat Healthy Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat.
- Reduce your intake of sodium, added sugar, and saturated and trans fats.
- Don’t smoke or vape If you currently smoke or vape, quit.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Time to Manage Stress and Manage Your Health
Stress happens, especially these days. (One in two U.S. adults reports that COVID-19 has negatively impacted mental health.)
While you may feel too busy to de-stress – you can decide to take back your “me time,” one moment at a time.
Reduce stress for a healthier version of you.
Did you know:
* Higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol is linked to a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke?
* Between work, family and world events – too many of us are running on empty for the sake of others, particularly women. Constant, chronic stress can have real impacts on health.
* That’s why the American Heart Association is sharing science-backed tips for managing stress for better health.
The theme, Tobacco: Threat to Our Environment, highlights how tobacco poisons our planet. As part of the event, the Association invites youth between 13 and 22 to participate in our very first art exhibit contest (Deadline to enter is May 13th).
As part of our youth activation, we’re calling all dancers, painters , musicians and poets to share their talents and skills with Tobacco Endgame this World No Tobacco Day.
The Tobacco Endgame movement seeks to implement lifesaving policies to end nicotine addiction and tobacco use, including vaping.
*** World Health Organization infographic (right) depicts tobacco and vaping products on the left with a photo of a dying planet/trees/water on the right with the tagline: Poisoning our Planet, #TobaccoExposed. FCTC: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Throughout its lifecycle, tobacco pollutes the planet and damages the health of all people.
May Calendar Highlights
American Stroke Month, Blood Pressure Awareness, Mental Health Awareness, Jewish American Heritage Month and National Physical Fitness & Sports Months as well as other important dates below
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National Mediterranean Diet Month
National Strawberry Month
National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
5/1 - May Day
5/1-7 - National Pet Week - 4 ways pets are good for your health and well-being
5/2-3 - Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan
5/3 - Teacher's Day 2022
5/4 - The broadcast of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection Concert – Powered by Pandora at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST on May 4. An encore presentation will happen immediately following the first airing. Fans can RSVP for free HERE.