Los Angeles — Los Angeles Unified School District nurses have received the American Stroke Association’s first ever Inspiration Award for their stroke prevention program, which reached at least seven percent of the community’s African-American population.
The Power To End Stroke Inspiration Award is given to the youth group that has made the largest impact on the African-American community through a health initiative over the past year.
Six district schools incorporated the Power To End Stroke program into their curricula by distributing messages and materials to 180 students. Seventy signed a pledge to reduce their risk of stroke, while at least half learned how to identify stroke survivors and people with high blood pressure. Students also took each other’s blood pressure and compared their scores from four weeks before, which piqued their interest in increasing physical activity, better nutrition, and determining their family’s risk factors.
The stroke association presented the nurses with the award May 2 at the 2nd Annual Power Awards Gala in Atlanta.Billie White, RN, MSN, BSN, answers a student’s question.