The fourth annual Stomp Out Stroke Festival to raise stroke awareness will be hosted by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Stroke Team from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Water Works, Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine Street. The free, fun event open to the public is designed to provide lifesaving information about stroke prevention and treatment. Register today.
Free health screenings will be offered, including carotid ultrasound, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, electrocardiogram, body mass index, body fat percentage, abdominal aortic aneurysm, obstructive sleep apnea, and stroke risk. Adult and child-friendly education sessions and interactive activities will be facilitated by stroke physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists, dietitians, and fitness experts.
The Children’s Zone will include information on brain basics, sports and brain injuries, an inflatable brain exhibit, an obstacle course, and nutrition and fitness stations.
The event will include face painting, balloon twister, yoga and Zumba demonstrations, and appearances by Rockets’ mascot Clutch and Houston Texans cheerleaders. The afternoon will feature “Rock Your Brain” performances by Otenki, Ashbury Keys, Lost Element, Lee-Lonn Walker and Stefani Vara. Dance groups include Dance of Asian America and Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Houston.
“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 at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “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 fourth 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 $38 billion a year. The only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic stroke, the most prevalent kind, is the clot-buster tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), but it must be given within three hours of the first signs of stroke to be most effective. Weakness on one side of the body, speech difficulties, vision problems, and confusion are signs of stroke.
Exhibitors participating in the event include Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute, Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation, Texas Children’s Hospital, Cornerstone Healthcare Group, SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, 97.9 The Box, Boom92, and Majic 102.1. For more information, visit the festival website.