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National Stroke Association

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National Stroke Awareness Month
New Awareness Messaging
BrainWave Launches
Talk About TIA!
Stroke Center Story Series

Donate in May


Judy’s Run
St. Patrick’s Day

Grand Rounds

Spring Nutrition

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SPRING 2009     


National Stroke Awareness Month is Almost Here!

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National Stroke Awareness Month starts this Friday, May 1! How are YOU spreading stroke awareness this May? 

National Stroke Awareness Month is a time to educate everyone about how to STOP Stroke by managing risk factors, Act F.A.S.T. by understanding stroke symptom recognition and response and Spread HOPE about stroke recovery. There are no limits to how you can spread awareness. Visit www.stroke.org/SAM for event ideas today.

Strapped for time and educational awareness materials? Click here for individual event ideas using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Firstgiving. (Click on each link to access the sites.) These tools are easy-to-use and perfect for spreading awareness from home. Be creative and send short, daily messages to friends or start a fundraising page from the comfort of your home. Watch for daily posts on National Stroke Association's Twitter and Facebook pages that you can easily cut and paste and send onto friends. National Stroke Association also offers FREE downloadable versions of educational brochures, publications and several special awareness tools at www.stroke.org/SAM. Purchase an event package that includes a variety of materials, the award-winning Brain Attack DVD, wallet cards and much more. Visit www.stroke.org/SHOP for more information and newly redesigned F.A.S.T. wristbands and pens and tons of fun promotional items!

Stroke Strikes Fast -- New Awareness Messaging

As a proud member of the Brain Attack Coalition, National Stroke Association is excited to announce and endorse a powerful new message promoting the need to act F.A.S.T. in response to stroke symptoms: Stroke strikes fast. You should too. Call 9-1-1. Moving forward, National Stroke Association will incorporate this tagline onto awareness materials and throughout http://www.stroke.org/. National Stroke Association is pleased to promote this memorable tagline alongside all members of the Brain Attack Coalition is an effort to communicate one empowering message to the general public. The Brain Attack Coalition is a national group of professional, voluntary and governmental entities dedicated to reducing the occurrence, disabilities and death associated with stroke. The goal of the Coalition is to strengthen and promote the relationships among its member organizations in order to help people who have had a stroke or are at risk for a stroke.

Spread awareness about stroke symptoms so everyone quickly recognizes them and immediately calls 9-1-1. Use the F.A.S.T. method for recognizing symptoms:

F = FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = ARM Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T = TIME If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1.

BrainWave Goes LIVE!

National Stroke Association is proud and excited to introduce BrainWave a pairing of two new professional networking Web sites for stroke care providers who are members of National Stroke Association’s professional membership programs. One BrainWave site is designed for providers working in the acute care arena and the other is for rehabilitation-oriented providers. More than 200 members have already signed up, with more joining daily!

National Stroke Association has high hopes that BrainWave will become the online go-to source for information and networking for stroke care professionals who are committed to advancing stroke care in their facilities and educating their communities about stroke prevention and in getting the appropriate urgent care they need.

BrainWave provides an easy-to-use web space for our professional members to:

  • engage in online discussions responding to posts from other members and initiating topics of interest,
  • share resources to help you do your job better and more efficiently,
  • share local, regional and national event announcements,
  • access archived webcasts and roundtable discussions, and
  • participate in live-time chats.
For more information about either site or to find out how you can become a member of one of National Stroke Association’s professional membership programs, please contact Linda at lkuhrt@stroke.org.

Talk About TIA!

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National Stroke Association is excited to announce the launch of a new interactive patient educational Web site, Talk About TIA! The site was created to help people recognize transient ischemic attack (TIA), a potentially serious health risk. Visit http://www.talkabouttia.com/ for useful information about TIA, its link to stroke and what can be done to reduce the risk of a major stroke following a TIA. Do you have a TIA experience to share? Send your TIA stories to brainalert@stroke.org.

New! Stroke Center Story Series Parts 3 and 4

Read the next two installments of "One Hospital’s Story" that documents Cedars-Sinai’s journey to becoming a certified primary stroke center. This issue’s installments focus on how Cedars-Sinai met core team responsibilities required of the hospital by The Joint Commission and marketing and communications tactics used for overall hospital staff and community education. For more information about joining  National Stroke Association's Stroke Center Network, an organizational membership program that provides resources for becoming a certified or recertified primary stroke center, visit www.stroke.org/SCN or contact Lori at lcavallo@stroke.org or (303) 754-0954.

Join us on Facebook

Are you a member of Facebook? Join National Stroke Association’s Facebook page today by clicking on the button. Meet friends and other stroke survivors through this easy-to-use social networking Web site. Watch for daily National Stroke Awareness updates and event information during May, too.

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Join us on Twitter

Click on the button below and join National Stroke Association’s Twitter page for daily organization updates and tips about stroke education and awareness. Not familiar with Twitter? It’s a free micro-blogging service that allows a person, company or organization to communicate through quick frequent news or informational updates written in a mere 140 characters. Follow National Stroke Association during the entire month of May for daily stroke tweets!

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Donating During May Helps All Year Long

National Stroke Awareness Month is a time for education about stroke — it's also an important time for donating dollars to help continue National Stroke Association’s year-long educational and community programs. Your donations help National Stroke Association continually improve and update stroke information contained in our community programs and educational publications for survivors and care partners. Set aside a few dollars this May or set up your own May fundraiser online through National Stroke Association’s Firstgiving Web site. Visit www.firstgiving.com/nationalstrokeassociation (click the "Get Started" button) for more information.

Prefer to donate in another way? Here are some ideas:

  • Donate online at www.stroke.org/donate or mail a check payable to National Stroke Association at: 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112-3747.
  • Join our Heritage Society by remembering National Stroke Association in your will. (Talk with your financial advisor for more details.)
  • Make a donation in memory or honor of a friend or loved one.

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Everyone does it. How many times a day do you or a family member search for information through Google or Yahoo!? Now, each time you search using http://www.goodsearch.com/, National Stroke Association will earn a penny.

Goodsearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it like any other search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo! and watch the donations add up! Just go to http://www.goodsearch.com/ and be sure to enter ‘National Stroke Association’ as the charity you want to support.


Are you a frequent online shopper at Amazon, Target, WalMart, Barnes & Noble, the Gap or Best Buy? Support National Stroke Association each time you shop online at these and hundreds of other stores using http://www.goodshop.com/. GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall, which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause. To participate, go to http://www.goodshop.com/ and enter 'National Stroke Association' as the charity you wish to support before making your online purchase!

We Heart Volunteers

National Stroke Association has been ramping up its volunteer base in 2009 and the results have far exceeded our hopes of extra help around the office! Not only do volunteers provide much-needed assistance, but those volunteers who are stroke survivors or caregivers provide valuable feedback about their daily lives, struggles and joys that National Stroke Association takes to heart when designing new programs or activities. March was an exceptionally busy month with volunteers donating 175 hours of service (not counting the St. Patrick’s Day event volunteer hours) to our office staff. Interested in volunteering and located in the Denver area? Contact Carol at cgriffin@stroke.org or (303) 754-0917.

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StrokeSmart™ Magazine: March/April Issue
The latest issue of StrokeSmart™ Magazine should be in your hands by now! National Stroke Association is pleased to announce our new regular columnist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a stroke triumphant and survivor. She writes this month about the importance of balancing rest and rehabilitation.
Brain ALert Image - SS Cover MA09 The new issue also covers:
  • The latest on transient ischemic attack.
  • Tips on improving bowel and bladder problems after a stroke.
  • How to boost energy levels with vitamin B12 and magnesium.
  • New Orleans as an accessible travel destination.

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Annual New York Stroke Awareness Event: Judy’s Run

What will Bob Zebrowski and friends be doing come rain or shine the second Saturday of May this year? They’ll be running and walking to raise funds and awareness for stroke! May 9, 2009, marks the second annual Judy’s Run for Awareness. Honoring the estimated six million stroke survivors in the United States, this 5k Run and Mile Fun Walk engages friends, family, and local stroke advocates throughout New York State, in spreading awareness of stroke. National Stroke Association thanks the Zebrowski family for including the organization as one of their beneficiaries for the second year in a row! To learn more about the run, sign up, or participate through sponsorship or donation, visit http://www.judysrun.com/.

Kiss Me, I’m Stroke Smart

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, National Stroke Association’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser with Fado Irish Pub in Denver was a smashing success, raising $10,000 for the organization! Over 190 volunteers joined the festivities, donating their time (950+ volunteer hours total) to serve drinks, pour beer and attach wristbands, in an effort to raise funds and awareness for stroke. Veteran and newly recruited volunteers joined the celebration to show their commitment to stroke awareness.

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These individuals’ dedication and generosity made it possible for National Stroke Association to inform those in attendance about stroke and our organization. Thank you, volunteers, for enabling National Stroke Association to meet its mission in this tangible way!


Jimmy Buffet fans throughout the world are likely familiar with the infamous ParrotHeads—the network of ever-ready-to-party Buffet followers. While fans may know of the group, they may not know that the ParrotHeads’ 2009 Floridaze Celebration is benefiting National Stroke Association!  National Stroke Association is thrilled and honored to be supported by this fun-loving group during this important May event. To find out more information on the ParrotHeads and their Floridaze festivities, visit http://www.floridaze.org/

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STARS Plus on the Way

National Stroke Association and four Stroke Center Network hospital members across the United States are gearing up to pilot a new stroke patient transition program called STARS (Steps Against Recurrent Stroke) Plus. A continuation of the original STARS program that focuses on educating stroke survivors and care partners about how to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke, STARS Plus delves further into patient transition after stroke. The goals of STARS Plus include further treatment plan compliance by new stroke survivors to minimize recurrent stroke occurrence, communication between the patient, the hospital and the primary care physician and providing educational support to the stroke survivor and their care partners throughout their first year post-stroke. Watch for program results later in 2009! For more information about STARS, visit www.stroke.org/STARS.

FREE CME Going Quickly -- Sign Up Today!

Don’t miss your chance to host Recurrent Stroke Prevention: An Update on Evidence and Opportunity in Ischemic Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA), a FREE Grand Rounds Program.

National Stroke Association is offering this FREE opportunity for facilities that can provide a minimum of 40-50 interdisciplinary attendees (e.g., stroke team members, neurologists, nurses, neuroscience nurses, etc). Program includes presentation, food and beverage stipend, faculty honorarium, CME and CE credits and attendee materials. Improve practice related to the identification and management of recurrent stroke risks through this live, interactive program that includes case-study learning strategies.

The Grand Rounds are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Valerie at vsiebert-thomas@stroke.org or (303) 754-0926 to reserve your spot or to learn more about the program.

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Make Spring About Nutrition

Spring’s arrival is not just important for the Earth — it’s a great opportunity to take charge of your nutritional health and refocus on a diet that helps reduce risk for primary and secondary stroke. Choosing a healthy diet helps keep up energy levels no matter if you are a caregiver, healthcare provider or stroke survivor. Energy is directly linked to your food intake and high levels can help you make the most of work, physical or occupational therapy, exercise and other daily activities. 

But making the right choices isn't always easy. There's so much information — some of it conflicting. It’s hard to identify a diet that meets your personal needs. In addition, stroke survivors might have nutritional issues such as swallowing or chewing problems, trouble grasping utensils, fatigue, loss of appetite or blood pressure or cholesterol levels that must be controlled. A dietician can help anyone map out a daily diet based on your personal needs. For example, a dietician may suggest that you eat your main meal early in the day when you have energy, or that you use a crock pot. A dietician can help you achieve the right amount of food intake each day to keep your weight in the right range. Talk to your primary care doctor today about identifying a local dietician. You can also check your local hospital for classes sponsored by the nutrition or the local school district community education for classes sponsored by a dietician. For more information about nutrition post-stroke, click here to download “Hope: A Stroke Recovery Guide”.

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