Intermountain Medical Center launches stroke awareness campaign

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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