So yesterday you all learned a very interesting fact about me -- I suffered a stroke three years ago. But what I did not tell you was that I was only 33 years of age at the time.

Most people believe strokes only occur in older age, but it's not the case at all. That is why I have launched this six-day challenge. Some of the exercises you may not be able to complete in one day, but the goal is to take care of them as quickly as possible.

Here are a few facts about stroke, before I give you your assignment for Day 2. Contrary to popular belief, strokes can be prevented and treated. That is why it is so important to complete this challenge. Stroke is very stealth. Once it begins attacking you, you must act fast. To spot a stroke you must think FAST.

  • F -- Face Drooping
  • A -- Arm Weakness
  • S -- Speech Difficulty
  • T -- Time To Call 911

Those are your major stroke warning signs and symptoms. If one side of your face begins to droop or feels numb, you could be experiencing stroke. If you are looking at a person complaining of any of the above, ask them to smile. If their smile is uneven, call 911 immediately.

If the experience is numbness in the arm, attempt to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, you are probably experiencing stroke. If speech is slurred and the person is unable to speak or is not making sense, ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The dog is barking." If the sentence is not repeated correctly it is time to get them to the hospital immediately or call 911.

The Because I Care campaign was kicked off last year to address the prevailing misinformation about the disease.

With that in mind, I have a six-day challenge for you. Each day, I will reveal a challenge that I would like to see you commit to, all Because I Care! Ready to get started? Here we go:

Day 2: Thursday, October 25, 2013

Challenge: Be physically active

  • Take a walk
  • Participate in a coed sport

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