Why It Is Important To Teach Black Children About Stroke Prevention

Did you know that as a minority,  your child has a higher chance of getting a stroke? Things like family genetics of diabetes, high blood pressure, and Sickle Cell Anemia can definitely play a role. Growing up in the South, I get it. We were raised on pork back and butter. Sunday dinners were delicious but salty and Summer time cook outs we ate ribs and mac and cheese. We as a community have definitely started getting our health together. That is not to be discounted. I see a rise in Black people living a Vegan, more active and healthy lifestyle than that of our parents. Even still, are we making sure to pass the message down to our children? Just imagine, if we could instill proper values in them that carry on into adulthood versus them having to learn later on. Here are a few tips on teaching your children about Stroke Prevention.

Make Healthy Eating Fun

We all know the saying: You Are What You Eat. When it comes to stroke prevention, this is an important fact that if taught early enough, could make a world of difference. Some of the key factors of having a stroke are diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. What causes diabetes? High blood sugar. What causes high blood pressure? High salt and high fat intake. What causes obesity? Overeating. What do all three of these things have in common? They are all related to food.

The truth is, if we teach healthy eating habits from birth, they will develop into strong habits well into adolescence, their teenage years, and into adulthood. Having a stroke is completely preventable. 

Try this:

  • Make spinach and fruit popsicles
  • Switch out sugary pop drinks for fruit infused water
  • Try eating turkey burgers instead of beef burgers
  • Incorporate “Veggie” weeks into your monthly eating routine where the entire family eats a veggie diet one week out of the month.

Be A Positive Example When It Comes To Exercise

I know that after a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is come home and work out. According to the Surgeon General, only about two and a half hours of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity each week is required each week for adults and for children and teens, they should be getting about an hour of physical activity each day. We live in a world where we are glued to our phones and televisions. Make sure you are taking time each day to work out.

Try this:

  • Take a family walk every night before or after dinner.
  • Join your local YMCA or gym
  • Try yoga or Pilates on YouTube. It will be fun to do together as a family!

Teach Against The Dangers of Smoking And Drinking

Teaching our young ones about the dangers of smoking and drinking can pay off in many ways, including Stroke prevention as an adult. It is nearly impossible to monitor every moment of their day but by letting them know that early habit forming tendencies of smoking and drinking can cause a stroke later in life, can really impact their decision making skills. This is especially true if they have a grand parent who smokes, drinks, and has suffered a stroke or heart disease. 

Try This:

  • Teach your children how to spot a stroke using:

F-Face Drooping

A-Arm Weakness

S-Speech Difficulty

T-Time To Call 911

The faster they can spot the signs, the faster an individual can be treated and can recover. 

They can also check out this super cute parody of Stroke Prevention from the American Stroke Association: 

Remember, a person has a stroke every two seconds and one in six people have a stroke in their lifetime. Let’s be the change. For more information, visit strokeassociation.org.

With love,


This post is sponsored by the American Stroke Association. All opinions expressed are my own.