A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is blocked by a clot or blood vessel rupture. This leads to permanent, irreversible damage to the brain and potential fatality. A stroke happens every 40 seconds, and someone dies from a stroke every 4 minutes. SNPhA’s Power to End Stroke/Smoking Cessation Committee is dedicated towards educating the public and raising awareness towards reducing the incidence of strokes by educating the community about signs and symptoms of stroke. It embraces positive lifestyle changes and empowers everyone to take charge of their health now rather than later.
American Heart Association Walk
Members came out to West Orange in order to support the AHA! Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death for Americans, so we had a great time while also supporting a great cause!
World Stroke Day Tabling
In honor of World Stroke Day, our co-chairs and committee members tabled in Livingston Student Center in order to raise awareness. We taught students, groups of young children, and members of the community how to recognize the signs of a stroke (FAST!). We gave prizes and pens for answering questions
Stroke Day Tweetathon 2016
Follow our twitter account @RU_SNPhA today! Our co-chairs and committee members came up with informational tweets to raise awareness in the community for the burden stroke patients carry, how to reduce risk factors leading to heart disease, how to recognize when you or someone else is having a stroke, and how to support a family member who has suffered a stroke.
Go Red for Women
In the past, heart attacks and heart disease have been associated with older men. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s movement to teach women about their risk factors and how to live a heart-healthy life. Our eboard, chairs, and committee members wear red to show our support and raise awareness.
Blood Pressure Training Workshop
A reading of over 140/90 is considered high and requires lifestyle changes to reduce risk of future heart disease and stroke. Regularly monitoring blood pressure is a great way for patients to keep aware of their personal health. The workshop is designed to educate students who will attend future community health fairs and prepare them to help patients understand the readings.
Zumba Fitness Workshop
Exercise and diet are an important part of reducing risks of stroke and heart disease. In collaboration with APHA, we hosted a Zumba session for pharmacy students to promote living a heart-healthy life!