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2020 World Stroke Day Encourages Populace to “Dance to Keep Healthy

The objective of the World Stroke Day is to emphasize the increasing burden of Stroke, and raise awareness of strategies for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

According to a statement from the Nigerian Stroke Organization, (NSO), the yearly campaign aims to mobilize healthcare providers, partners and the wider community to raise public awareness of individual life, time risk of Stroke and equipping as many people as possible with potential life-saving prevention information and tools.

Tagged ‘Join the Movement, Don’t be the One’, the statement explains that the global occurrence of Stroke suggests that everyone is susceptible, and the differences in rates of occurrence exists due to dissimilarities in individual genetic makeup and exposure to environmental-causes, including lifestyles, cultural practices, health-seeking behavior, inequalities in access to neurological care, inadequate resources and socio–economic differences.

On what steps can be taken towards prevention, emphasis was laid on the role of daily exercises and its benefits. “Just 30 minutes of exercise five times a week can reduce your risk of Stroke by 25%. Exercise plays an important role in reducing several Stroke risk factors including hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, depression and stress.” In addition to keeping generally active, it is recommended that everyone should aim for at least 2½ hours a week of moderate to vigorous exercise, such as very brisk walking, jogging, swimming, dancing, and other aerobic exercises.

The association also urged interested bodies to be a part of the world’s biggest dance chain on World Stroke Day by organizing online dance parties and exercise classes.

World Stroke Day is celebrated on the 29th of October every year.

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