Provena, Carle join on effort to prevent stroke

Provena, Carle join on effort to prevent stroke

CHAMPAIGN — Urbana's two local hospitals will get together next week to provide a free community health fair focused on stroke education and prevention.

Sponsored by the primary stroke centers at Provena Covenant Medical Center and Carle Foundation Hospital, it will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Health care providers will provide free stroke risk assessments and screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index and grip strength.

JenniCasey, a Carle registered nurse, said nurses will be on hand at each station to talk to patients about their screening results and advise them about follow-up care they may need.

There will also be a lot of free educational materials for the public about cardiovascular health and strokes, she said.

The event will also include a free lunch open to all stroke survivors. It will be held at the library from noon-1:30 p.m., and include speakers talking about signs and symptoms of stroke, how nutrition impacts brain health and surviving a stroke.

The lunch is the only part of the health fair that requires pre-registration, Casey said. To register, call Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other: 1-888-988-8047.

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