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Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment recognizes May as national stroke awareness month

The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment recognizes May as national stroke awareness month, according to a news release.

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in Colorado and in Weld County and is the leading cause of adult disability.

About 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, according to the release. Residents can take preventative measures and risk factors can be detected and diagnosed through routine check ups, said Mark Wallace, executive director of the Weld County Department of Public Health in the release.

"Our goal is to send a clear signal that these events can be prevented through a few specific, impactful actions," Wallace said in the release.

» Get active: Exercise is the single most important thing folks can do to improve their overall health. The goal should be at least 30 minutes of brisk exercise daily.

» Check your blood pressure: One in three Americans have high blood pressure. Get it checked routinely since it has no outward symptoms. Reducing salt, losing weight and exercising can help manage blood pressure.

» Eat better: Aim to fill half of your plate with healthy fruits and vegetables, and then fill the rest with lean protein and whole grains. Go easy on added fats, sugar and salt.

» Reduce blood sugar: Diabetes can quadruple the risk of stroke. Manage or prevent diabetes by eating right, controlling your weight, exercising and taking medication prescribed by your doctor.

» Stop smoking: With one in five deaths caused by smoking, going smoke-free can help prevent stroke, cancer, heart disease and chronic lung disease.

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For more information on stroke and high blood pressure risk reduction, go to http://www.weldhealth.org.