Go Out And Play: Being A Kid Can Lower Stroke Risk

As we wind up Stroke Awareness Month, here’s a tip….go fly a kite…or kick the can…or play on the beachl. Not only is it good for your physical health to get some exercise outside, it’s good for lowering stress levels, too. And the combination of more exercise and less stress are great at lowering your risk of stroke.

One of the most well-reported changes in American life over the last 30 years is the decline of outdoor time. A 2008 report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirms an earlier study that showed the continuing decline in attendance at national and state parks, and in outdoor activities like camping and hunting.


The study authors believe electronic media—the Internet and television included—has been pushing Mother Nature aside.

So do your part to buck the trend. It’s as simple as stepping outside your door. Yard work and gardening provide low-impact, moderate-intensity exercise. Just be careful to avoid straining your back when lifting or pulling heavy tools or materials.

Arrange walking dates with friends. Meet at a neighborhood park and walk a trail together. Join a bird-watching group to scope out feathered friends, or take your camera to a botanical garden to capture spring blooms.

If you have children in your life, plan a trip to the zoo or head to a local playground. Keep on your toes by exploring a park or garden together, or maybe just explore your own backyard. It will look totally different through the eyes of a child!

Learn more about stroke and ways to prevent it: Stroke 101.

Top Notch Stroke Care
Our hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth feature dedicated acute care stroke units as well as stroke rehabilitation programs and services.

At GMC we are committed to providing the highest possible quality of care. We hold a Joint Commission Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Further, our Glancy Rehabilitation Center earned the Stroke Specialty Program Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We are also an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® Gold Plus designee.




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