Are you at Risk? The American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day
March is National Kidney Month. African Americans are 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure. Because kidney disease often has no symptoms, it can go unnoticed until it is very advanced. Please check out the “Facts about Kidney Disease” attachment for more information. (Weekly Announcements March 9 through March 15, 2015)
February is Black History Month. African Americans are two times more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer’s disease than whites and less likely to receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, which results in less time for treatment and planning. Please refer to the attached documents which provide Alzheimer disease and facts and stress relief information for caregivers. (Weekly announcements February 9 through February 15, 2015)
The Power To End Stroke (PTES) is an education and awareness campaign that embraces and celebrates the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of Americans. It unites people to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within their communities.
The Power To End Stroke was created in 2006 by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to help reach the ASA mission to reduce stroke and risk of stroke. It was also meant to raise critical awareness within the African American population. Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people, but African Americans are at particularly high risk. Consider this:
© Blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to whites.
© Blacks have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites.
© The prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the United States is the highest in the world.
Please refer to the attached guides for information on how to lower your stroke risk, how to fight stroke and the Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. warning signs. (Weekly announcements February 16 through February 22, 2015)