To celebrate May as Stroke Awareness Month, the MGH Neurology Department will launch a #30x30StopStroke challenge with a goal of getting as many staff as possible to exercise 30 minutes a day for 30 days to help prevent stroke, maintain and increase physical and mental well-being – and have some fun.

To participate in the #30x30StopStroke challenge, staff can download a tracking form on the Mass General Neurology website. Departments are invited to form teams and start friendly competition among colleagues, or employees can participate as individuals. At the end of May, forms can be emailed to Erika McCarthy, and teams where every member completes the challenge will be entered to win a free tent rental/pool party (food not included) at the Clubs at Charles River Park (CCRP).

As part of the #30x30StopStroke challenge, Mass general will host several events throughout the month:

  • 30-minute exercise class on the Bulfinch Lawn (time and date will be announced in May)
  • May 9, noon-1:00 pm, in the Maxwell and Eleanor Blum Center: “Stroke – Time is Brain,” with Judy Clark, RN, BSN, Quality and Compliance nurse manager
  • May 26, 8:00 - 9:30 am: 2017 MGH Acute Stroke Breakfast Gala at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation

Staff also are invited to share photos of their exercise journey on social media, tagging Facebook and Twitter pages. Photos submitted to McCarthy will be entered to win two personal training sessions with CCRP trainer Katie Morgis.