Striding to reduce the risk of stroke

STEPPING away from the computer and getting active was the goal of a number of Eastern Shore workers who took part in the Stroke Foundation’s annual Stride4Stroke campaign.

Running throughout November, Stride4Stroke encourages people of all ages and abilities to get active and reduce their risk of stroke.

StrokeSafe ambassador Nic Stephen, who is a stroke survivor himself, said more than 262,000 people in Tasmania were not getting enough exercise.

“We are putting ourselves at unnecessary risk of stroke and other chronic disease,” the Geilston Bay local said.

“I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I had a stroke at the age of 37-years, but was able to access treatment quickly and have no real lasting impact.

“I am dedicated to looking after my health in order to live well after stroke and being physically active is an important factor.”

Mr Stephen said stroke was largely preventable, treatable and could be beaten.

“Taking part in Stride4Stroke is a fun way to get moving while raising money for a good cause,” he said.

“Every dollar goes toward Strokeline – the only dedicated national helpline for people affected by stroke.”

Stride4Stroke saw participants set a physical activity goal for the month of November, seeking sponsorship from friends and family in support of their efforts.

RACT general manager Safety and Wellbeing Geoff Eyers was one participant to work up a sweat for the cause.

“I was shocked to learn stroke kills more men than prostate cancer, more women than breast cancer and leaves thousands more with an ongoing disability,’’ he said.

“There are thousands of people impacted by this terrible disease in Tasmania and I want to do my bit to raise vital funds for local stroke survivors and their loved ones, as well as reduce my own stroke risk.”

For more information about Stride4Stroke, visit www.stride4stroke.org.au.

Caption: Geilston Bay resident and StrokeSafe ambassador Nic Stephen, right, with Stroke Foundation Tasmanian community engagement officer Narell Byatt.