The HC Youth Stroke Club is dedicated to educating young people about stroke prevention. This program targets ages 9-19 in middle and high schools for presentations, health information, trips and guest speakers. The HC Youth Stroke Club promotes knowledge that can help a young person prevent a stroke by making positive life-style choices now.
Young people suffer from the same risk factors for stroke as adults such as: Hypertension [the leadng cause of a stroke], high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, heart disease and obesity [an indirect risk factor] . And, they need to know the warning signs of a stroke as well such as: SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes; SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination; SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause; SUDDEN numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Stroke knows no age, race or socioeconomic. Did you know that stroke runs in family? So, learn your family history. Ask Mom, Dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles if they suffer with any illness and which illnesses are present within your family tree.
First Lady Michelle Obama has initiated a nationwide program to combat obesity epidemic in youths within one generation called Let's Move! Let us all join this effort to reduce the obesity edidemic by eating more fruits and veggies; engaging in more physical activities such as walking, swimming, roller skating and living a healthy life-style. To learn more and to watch a special video of First Lady Michelle Obama, please go to http://www.letsmove.gov [copy and paste the website address into your browser or type www.letsmove.gov into your browser].