The American Heart Association (AHA) and Verizon, the local Together to End Stroke™ cause sponsor, have partnered to educate the Tampa Bay community about stroke. As part of this awareness campaign, they will teach the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people recognize the warning signs of a stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 9-1-1.
Verizon and the AHA will take giant F.A.S.T. letters on tour throughout the Tampa Bay Area. The tour launches Wednesday, July 30, at WestShore Plaza from noon-2 p.m. in front of Macy’s. Open to the public, people can sign the F.A.S.T. letters with their good “GOODBYE to Stroke” by writing things they said GOODBYE to, to welcome a healthier life. In addition, attendees can get their blood pressure taken by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue; take home a free Together to End Stroke cookbook; enjoy a speech by Verizon Florida President Jeanmarie Milla; and more. The tour is a fun, engaging way to help our community beat the No. 4 killer of Americans: stroke. Media sponsors: 10 News and Creative Loafing.