Paralowie resident Nathan Gooder will work up a sweat for a good cause this November as part of the Stroke Foundation’s annual physical activity campaign Stride4Stroke.
Nathan, whose family has been deeply impacted by stroke, has set himself a challenge to walk 20,000 steps and ride his bike daily for one month to raise funds and reduce his own stroke risk by keeping active.
The 20 year old said he has been inspired to help the stroke community after two losing his Nanna Yvonne to stroke in July and witnessing the devastating impact stroke has had on his Nan (and best friend) Barb.
Nathan said he never realised stroke was a huge issue until he saw the effect the disease had on two people he loved.
“Nan had a stroke last year and it has been a struggle watching someone who was once so strong and independent re-learning to walk and chew and swallow food properly.
“I am so proud of her accomplishments, but I know she lives with a lot of pain and frustration. I want to do something to raise awareness of stroke in our community and help people like Nan who are living with impact of this terrible disease.”
Stroke is sudden. It strikes the brain and can impact people of all ages. However, the good news is 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by managing blood pressure and living a healthy, active lifestyle.
Stroke Foundation South Australia State Manager Luke Hays said one million strokes each year globally are linked to physical inactivity.
“Our No Postcode Untouched research indicates that in any given week, 12 per cent of Australians are not doing any physical activity. In South Australia, it’s estimated more than 236,000 people are not moving enough,” Mr Hays said.
“I thank Nathan for getting involved in Stride4Stroke and leading by example. Boosting your daily moving minutes can make a difference to prevent stroke and other chronic disease.
“I hope his story inspires others in the community to sign up and join the fun. It’s not too late.”
Stride4Stroke is open to anyone who would like to get active – at a safe distance and within coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic guidelines.
Participants are encouraged to set an activity goal to increase their daily ‘moving minutes’. They can choose any activity to complete within the month – from walking, running, swimming, cycling, an online exercise class or a goal in stroke rehabilitation. The options are endless.
Luke Hays added you can sign up for a personal or a group challenge.
“Stride your way, wherever you are. Help reduce your own stroke risk and support those in the stroke community at the same time.”
Every dollar raised through Stride4Stroke will have an enormous impact. It will help Stroke Foundation prevent stroke, fund research and support survivors and their families at all stages of the recovery journey.
Image: Nathan Gooder from Paralowie will participate in Stride4Stroke this November. He has been inspired to help the stroke community after his Nan Barb (left) and late Nanna Yvonne both experienced strokes