Bunbury doctor set to Stride4Stroke

A Bunbury doctor will work up a sweat for a good cause this November as part of the Stroke Foundation’s annual physical activity campaign Stride4Stroke.

Dr Parthasarathy Ramesh, who works closely with stroke patients in their rehabilitation, has organised a team of around 30 community residents to walk around Big Swamp Park to raise funds and reduce their own stroke risk by getting active. His team #BunburyStroke is keen to have as many striders to join them for the 2km walk in late November.

Dr Ramesh said stroke is a devastating disease, which not only impacts the lives of individuals, but their families too.

“It is so important for people to have supports in place to help them live well after stroke,” Dr Ramesh said.

“Stroke Foundation does a fantastic job in providing survivors with resources and programs, along with professional advice on StrokeLine (1800 787 653). My team and I are passionate about supporting this work.

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 Western 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 the Forrest federal electorate, it’s estimated 17,957 people are not moving enough,” Mr Hays said.

“I thank Dr Ramesh and his team #BunburyStroke 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 their 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.

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.

You can support Dr Ramesh’s team here or have a go yourself and register now at www.stride4stroke.org.au

Image: Dr Parthasarathy Ramesh from Bunbury has organised a walk around Big Swamp Park with a team of around 30 community residents as part of the Stroke Foundation fundraising and physical activity campaign Stride4Stroke this November.

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