How Safe Is Your Home?
The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety. An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!
Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home safety check!
Last Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018
May is Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 140,000 people nationwide and more than 20 Tioga County citizens each year.
Warning signs of stroke include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Individuals may also experience confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, and dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and sudden severe headache with no known cause. Tioga County Public Health encourages you to become familiar with “FAST” to spot signs of stroke. “FAST” can be broken down as:
F – face drooping
A – arm weakness
S – speech difficulty
T – time to call 911
Tioga County Legislator, William Standinger, strongly encourages stroke education; “One thing I would pass on is that while I was experiencing my stroke, I was not aware that I was having difficulties although I did have a slight headache. So in my opinion, anyone experiencing signs of stroke should be referred to a medical professional as soon as possible to receive proper treatment. Time loss is brain loss.”
80% of strokes are preventable! Ways to prevent a stroke are similar to controlling other health problems. Eat at least five servings of fruits or vegetables every day, get 30 minutes or more of exercise 5 days a week, and limit alcohol. It is also important to have annual physicals to screen for risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Just remember, strokes are serious! A quick response could mean the difference between life and death. If you notice any signs of a stroke, do not delay, call for medical assistance. Think FAST! Have questions? Contact Tioga County Public Health at 607-687-8600 or check us out on Facebook!