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One in six people will suffer a stroke at some stage in their lifetime. Our partner, National Stroke Foundation, is encouraging all Australians to be stroke aware for National Stroke Week this month.

National Stroke Week will be held from the 14-20 September and provides a great opportunity to learn more about stroke, how to reduce your own risk and how to help loved ones minimise their risk as well.

Despite the alarming number of people who are affected by stroke every year, many of these cases can be prevented. There are a number of simple lifestyle changes we can all adopt to reduce the risk of becoming a statistic. Here are a few simple tips from the National Stroke Foundation.

  1. Know your blood pressure: The lower your blood pressure, the lower your stroke risk.

  2. Drop the salt:Cut down on takeaway food and don’t add salt at the table or when cooking.

  3. Healthy eating:Enjoy a variety of foods, especially plant-based foods including fresh fruit and vegetable, legumes and wholegrain breads and cereals.

  4. Get Active:Try to exercise regularly. At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week is recommended.

  5. Limit your alcohol intake:Stay within recommended limits for drinking alcohol. No more than two standard drinks per day.

  6. Be smoke free, quit smoking: Call the Quitline on 13 78 48.

For more information about stroke, including how to prevent and recognise stroke, visit the National Stroke Foundation website.

nib foundation is a proud supporter of the National Stroke Foundation and their My Stroke Journey project, helping survivors and carers of stroke.