As part of its maiden foray into participating on an international level for World Stroke Day, National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM) is off to a great start. The Walk For Health event will be held on Sunday October 28 and it is hoped that this event will bring about a wider awareness of stroke, a potentially fatal condition.

stroke awarenessThe aim of NASAM is to create as much awareness, exposure and support for the public, to encourage everyone to take a more proactive role in taking care of their overall health. Increased awareness of this condition, according to Dr Barry Tan, allows individuals to be more careful of lifestyle choices made.

By creating a heightened awareness for this disease and its sufferers, NASAM hopes to educate more people both in the caregiver capacity and for the unfortunate victims. People need to understand that the disease does not discriminate and everyone is at risk. The various contributing factors that bring on a stroke, and being aware of the difficulties caregivers and victims have to live through daily, is part of the quest NASAM hopes to bring to the attention of all.

As part of the campaign, people will be requested to commit to six stroke challenges:

Know your personal risk factors – high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol

Be physically active and exercise regularly

Avoid obesity by keeping to a healthy diet

Limit alcohol consumption

Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now

Learn to recognise the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action.

Being able to identify a possible stroke condition and having it treated within the first three hours, is very important and key to the eventual recovery process according to Ms Kim Tan, who is passionate about getting people to understand this point. Some of the stroke victims at NASAM resoundingly agreed that quick intervention and proper medical attention, was the main contributing factor that allowed them to enjoy a better quality of life. The tireless dedication of the staff and supporting volunteers are what makes NASAM the success it is today. Recording a significant drop in stroke occurrences nationwide in the future, would give NASAM the ultimate success acknowledgement it hopes to achieve.

The walk is “our solidarity march to disseminate vital life-saving information and knowledge about actions and lifestyle behaviours that can effectively avert attacks of stroke,” emphasizes Janet Yeo, Founder Chairman of NASAM.

Those interested can register online ([email protected]) or call: 05-321 1089.

Date:  Sunday 28 October 2012

Venue:  Ipoh Polo Ground

Time:  Registration – 7am    Flag Off – 8am

Serena Mui