STROKE SMART: Tamara Kent, Tara Murfitt, Mel Johnston, Olivia Newman and Robyn Weymer.
STROKE SMART: Tamara Kent, Tara Murfitt, Mel Johnston, Olivia Newman and Robyn Weymer. Alina Rylko

Stride for stroke a walk in the park for medicos

YOU need just 20 minutes of exercise a day to reduce your chance of stroke.

And Tweed residents should heed the advice as they are ranked the worst in the state when it comes to lack of exercise.

According to health authorities, more than 68,000 residents are physically inactive and 20% have high blood pressure – one of the key predictors of stroke.

Tweed Hospital medicos met on Thursday for a quick walk to promote the benefits of simple exercise for the National Stroke Foundation’s Stride for Stroke campaign.

Tweed Hospital executive director Bernadette Loughnane spoke to about 30 staffers on the day to help raise awareness of strokes and their prevention.

“On a daily basis we see the terrible impact stroke has on individuals and their families,” Ms Loughnane said.

“Too many people don’t understand there are simple things they can do to lower their stroke risk, like exercising and having their blood pressure checked.

“Our Stride for Stroke riverside walk aims to encourage people to get fit and healthy while raising vital awareness of stroke and the burden it places on our community.”

The National Stroke Foundation’s NSW executive officer Teresa Howarth applauded Tweed Hospital staff for taking an active role in promoting stroke awareness.

You can get fit and raise money for the Stroke Foundation to continue to promote healthy living by pledging your kilometre target at www.strokefoundation. com.au where you will receive a personal fundraising page to track your progress.



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