The fifth annual Stomp Out Stroke Festival to raise stroke awareness will be hosted by the The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Stroke Team from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Discovery Green, Jones Lawn, 1500 McKinney St. The free, fun event will provide lifesaving information about stroke prevention and treatment and will include free health screenings. Register today at http://www.strokefestival.org/.
Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center, which is the leading stroke center in the region, is the title sponsor. Free health screenings and risk assessments will be offered, including carotid ultrasound, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, body mass index, body fat percentage, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and obstructive sleep apnea and stroke risk scorecards. Adult and child-friendly education sessions and interactive activities will be facilitated by physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and fitness experts.
Among the health care providers, UT Physicians, the medical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, will provide blood pressure and bone density screenings.
The Children’s Zone will include information on brain basics, sports and concussions, an inflatable brain exhibit, an obstacle course, and nutrition and fitness stations. Family fun will include face painting, a balloon twister, a moonwalk, Zumba demonstrations, and appearances by Rockets’ mascot Clutch and Texans’ mascot TORO. The afternoon will feature performances by the Collective Sound Cloggers, Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Houston, and live ice sculpting by Reverend Butter.
This year, there will be an optical illusions booth facilitated by McGovern Medical School students and a brain function booth facilitated by neurology residents.
“We strive to motivate families to make positive health behavior changes to reduce their stroke risk and teach them self-care practices,” said Elizabeth Noser, M.D., clinical assistant professor of neurology and the James C. Grotta, M.D. Chair in Neurological Recovery and Stroke. “We want to inspire children to be owners of their own health and become health leaders of tomorrow.”
Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blockage or a rupture in an artery, depriving brain tissue of oxygen. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. According to the American Stroke Association and the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year – one every 40 seconds – and stroke costs the United States $33 billion a year. The only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic stroke, the most prevalent kind of stroke, is the clot-buster tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), which is most effective when given within three hours of the first signs of stroke.
In addition to Mischer Neuroscience Institute, stroke festival sponsors include Mentis Neuro Health, Texas Children’s Hospital, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Humble, Nexus Health Systems, and Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.
Participants are encouraged to share their photos using the hashtag #stompoutstroke.