Jaisy Prem Uttam
Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer” was the shocking statistic Alliance members heard in September 2008 when a local neurologist spoke to them about the warning signs of a stroke and the need to call 911 immediately. He also discussed the contributing factors of diet and lifestyle that may make people more likely to have a stroke.
In the Fresno area, there is a large Hispanic population as well as many African-Americans. Both groups are at an increased risk for stroke. It was determined that bookmarks printed with the necessary information would be the most effective way to reach the largest number of people.
40,000 bookmarks were printed in Spanish and English. They were distributed throughout the county to clinics, doctors offices, hospitals, libraries, pharmacies, and health fairs, etc. Distribution began in May 2009 during National Stroke Awareness Month and continues today toward the goal of distributing thousands of the “Stroke Happens” bookmarks in the central San Joaquin Valley.
The FMMSA Stroke Committee Members who worked tirelessly to make this project a success — Marian Mosley, Chairperson, Sharon De St. Jeor, Patty Witmer, Cindy Terrell, Beverly Achki, Barbara Barman, Brenda Joseph, and Jan Goza. They would like to thank the CMAA Foundation for the $1,000 grant that helped to make this program a success and Community Medical Regional Center for funding the Spanish version of the bookmark.
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
The Lock It Up Project is a primary partner of the Women’s Initiative (An initiative of the United Way of Fresno) alliance called the “Lock It Up. Clean It Out. Drop It Off.” This alliance consist of community organizations, pharmacists, school districts, local government and law enforcement agencies working to keep prescription drugs away from kids, youth, young adults, and out of the environment.
The alliance has placed drop‐off boxes throughout the county, in secure locations for thedisposal of prescription drugs. Expired and unwanted prescription medication can be droppedoff in these boxes where they will be collected daily for safe disposal.
Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease, improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, elevate your mood, and reduce your risk of osteoporosis, cancer and diabetes. Attend a free walk and take steps toward a healthier you!
Each walk is led by a friendly local physician. And in addition to the numerous health benefits you'll enjoy just by walking, you'll also get:
-Healthy Lifestyle Tips/Resources
-Chance to talk with a doc while you walk
An association of members of the medical family, providing health education, leadership development, philanthropic endeavors and networking that benefit the health of individuals living in Fresno and Madera Counties.