Monthly Heart Message for October
October lends itself to great opportunities to enjoy family, friends and the great outdoors. Whether you’re celebrating Children’s Health Month, Red Ribbon Week, World Stroke Day or Halloween, we encourage you and your students to take advantage of these quick tips and resources to love your hearts!
Ticker Tips for You and Staff
October 23 – 31 Red Ribbon Week
During this week plan fun activities with your students to highlight the negatives of tobacco and the positives of a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about Life’s Simple 7 for Kids and check out the free activities and resources!
Ticker Tips for Kids and Parents
Fact: Children need 60 minutes of exercise a day. Active kids reduce the risk of developing heart disease and studies show children also do better academically, if they get enough physical activity.
Fun Tip: Do your kids have what it takes to Play 60? They can download the FREE NFL Play 60 App and see their characters move as they move! In NFL PLAY 60 you can:
• Collect coins to buy really cool NFL team gear.
• Unlock funky characters.
• Get NFL football power-ups that give you 2x points.
• Get American Heart Association hearts that make you invincible.
• Find activity ideas on how to get moving with your friends.
October 29 World Stroke Day
Fact: Stroke is No. 5 cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the US.
Tip: To recognize the signs of a stroke think F.A.S.T.
o Face - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
o Arm- Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
o Speech- Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
o Time to call 9-1-1- If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.