April 28, 2010
Media Contacts: Alicia Gonzalez, Glendale Adventist Medical Center (818) 800-3113 or
Kristine Kelly, American HeartAssociation/American Stroke Association (213) 291-7080
Glendale Adventist Medical Center to Sponsor The American Heart Association's Saving Strokes Golf Clinic
What: On Wednesday, May 26, stroke survivors and their care givers are invited to participate in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Saving Strokes event at Griffith Park Golf Course, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Los Angeles. Saving Strokes empowers stroke survivors by illustrating that disabilities need not stop them from playing - or learning - golf. This event is free to all participants. Stroke survivors of all ages and stages of rehabilitation will be coached by PGA golf pros who have been instructed
on the medical and physical therapy aspects of stroke recovery by event volunteers from the Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
A 1999 study from the University of Chicago showed that techniques important to golf - focus, dexterity and balance - can improve strength and flexibility for stroke survivors also. Additionally, the Saving
Strokes event provides a valuable social outlet for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Working in conjunction with the local PGA and holding these events on community golf courses has created new venues for stroke awareness.
Who: Glendale Adventist Medical Center became the first Advanced Primary Stroke Center in the San Fernando Valley in 2007. Since then, they have expanded their efforts to educate the community about stroke risk factors and options while supporting stroke survivors and their caregivers through community events like the Saving Strokes Program and the annual 5K Glendale Downtown Dash.
The American Heart Association, and its division, American Stroke Association, are a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."
Saving Strokes, a program of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association began in Sacramento in 2001 with only 26 participants. The original vision was to offer stroke survivors an opportunity to participate in golf for pleasure as well as for physical rehabilitation. Just nine years later this program has grown. Each year the program sees approximately 40% growth in new participants.
When: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Griffith Park Golf Course
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost: Free - In order to participate you must pre-register by 5/19/10. For information, call (916) 446-6505. To register, please go to http://www.americanheart.org
1509 Wilson Terrace • Glendale, CA 91206 • Tel: 818-409-8000