School Stroke Heroes Program
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School Stroke Heroes Program

Children can easily learn to recognize warning signs of stroke and to be “stroke heroes” by knowing how to help save a life or disability in a stroke. They can also have a beneficial influence on their parents and families by bringing home the stroke message.

The School Stroke Heroes Program brings together Neurology residents, nurses and a stroke coordinator to providing education in children with a fun and interactive 25-minute program that teaches third grade students from community schools how to:

  • Recognize and respond to the signs of stroke.
  • Call 9-1-1 to get immediate help.
  • Develop lifelong health habits that prevent stroke and to recognize stroke symptoms.
  • Take an active role in their own health by working with their family to track medical history of stroke, risk factors, and prevention strategies.

As part of the program, facilitators work with children to:

  • Create a hypothesis about what they think people need to do when someone is having a stroke.
  • Learn and discuss the three warning signs and appropriate reaction after watching a teaching video. Children discuss common symptoms: Face – Does the face look uneven? Arm – Does one arm drift downward? Speech – Does their speech sound strange? Time – Call 911 quickly.
  • Select an option that will allow them to show they understand the warning signs and appropriate action. Students have the option to: 1) Draw a series of cartoons that show the warning signs. 2) Create a skit with a small group that will show the warning signs. 3) Create flash cards to help remember FAST.
  • Discuss stroke prevention to learn about the importance of knowing and controlling blood pressure and diabetes; exercising at least 30 minutes a day; drinking alcohol in moderation; not smoking; eating a healthy diet and cutting down on salt and fat

By the end of the program, students must be able to explain what each letter of FAST standards for as they are leaving.

For information on the School Stroke Heroes Program, contact:
Quinn Alfinito-Renta MSN RN CNRN
Stroke Coordinator, Department of Neurology
Stern Stroke Center
111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467