Intermountain Medical Center launches stroke awareness campaign

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MURRAY, Utah – May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Intermountain Medical Center is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the hidden dangers of salt, and the risk of stroke a high sodium diet can lead to.

Too much salt raises blood pressure levels, which can lead to a stroke.  According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of strokes are preventable.  A nurse at IMC says the best thing you can do to prevent a stroke is eating healthy and exercising regularly.

As a part of the campaign, the Intermountain Medical Center Stroke Program released a video featuring “Dash” and how he’s helping Utahns reduce their salt intake.

See the video below:

Dash will also be visiting several community events this month.  Here’s where you can find him:

May 2, 4-5 pm – A honk and wave at 5300 South State Street

May 3, 6-7 pm – Throwing out the first pitch at the Bees baseball game at Spring Mobile Ballpark

May 4, 3-5 pm – Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Centennial Park (3500 South 5415 West) in West Valley City

Morning of May 9 – Daybreak Elementary Fun Run (4544 Harvest Moon Drive)

May 17, 10:45 am – Visit the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

May 22, 12-1 pm – Awards luncheon for the 2013 My Heart Challenge at Intermountain Medical Center