Since the development of the Siruno Stroke Prevention Program in Memory of the late Dr. Cesar Siruno we have been promoting programs to reduce the risk of stroke. From Diabetes prevention to healthy nutrition, blood pressure screening, physical activity, smoking cessation, and other wellness programs all designed to reduce your risk for both Stroke and Heart Disease.
Currently we are offering the ‘Eat Mediterranean – A Healthy Choice’. The Mediterranean Diet is the most researched nutrition plan in the world and for the fifth year in a row it has been named the healthiest diet. Nancy Holmquist, coordinator of the Siruno Stroke Prevention Program, is now offering a series of virtual classes to familiarize participants with the diet. This is a pilot program to get input from those participating as to how they like the virtual approach. Given the COVID 19 Pandemic going virtual is the safest delivery method. We hope to begin offering the Mediterranean Diet Virtual Series this spring to the general public. If you would like to participate in the program please complete the registration form.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is a major risk factor for Stroke. New guidelines have lowered what is considered normal blood pressure to 120/80. The Siruno Stroke Prevention Program offers free blood pressure screenings to businesses and the general public. Screenings are conducted according to Maine Public Health best practice methods. Blood pressure education packets are distributed to all participants. All information collected will be confidential. De-identified data may be collected for statistical analysis to support future health promotion activity. If you or your organization would like to schedule a free blood pressure screening please complete the Registration Form.
The Siruno Stroke Prevention Program encourages participants to increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week as recommended by the American Heart Association. Walking is known to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. You can become a member of the Healthy You Walking Club and receive updates on physical activity programs, a free wristband and weekly physical activity tips for good health. Cary’s award winning ‘Healthy You’ program offers the 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge twice each year. The challenge awards great prizes during the event and it will help you stay active. Not only does regular physical activity, like walking, help prevent stroke and heart disease it can also reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on our physical activity programs or to join the Healthy You Walking Club complete the registration form.