The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will host the second annual Stomp Out Stroke! Festival of Life to raise stroke awareness on May 3rd at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., in downtown Houston.
The event is free and designed to provide life-saving information about stroke prevention and treatment. It will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public.
The festival will offer attendees free health screenings, including carotid ultrasound, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, electrocardiogram, body mass index, body fat percentage and obstructive sleep apnea — all of which can help reveal potential risk factors for stroke. Adult and child-friendly education sessions, as well as interactive activities will be facilitated by stroke physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists, dietitians, and fitness experts.
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For the little ones, a Kid Zone will include information on brain basics, sports and brain injury, an inflatable brain exhibit, brain food and fitness station. The fun will include ice sculpting by Houston’s Reverend Butter, face painting, a balloon artist, yoga and Zumba demonstrations, an appearance by the Rockets’ mascot Clutch, and lunch for the first 500 registered guests.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Texas (fourth in the U.S.) and a leading cause of chronic adult disability. It occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blockage or a rupture in an artery, depriving brain tissue of oxygen. 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 $38 billion a year.
The Stomp Out Stroke! Festival of Life will have participations of exhibitors like the American Heart Association, Walgreens, Houston Aphasia Recovery Center, The Health Museum, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, University of Houston, HealthSouth, Total Fitness 4 Kids and Mix 96.5.