Tuesday, February 07, 2012
City of Bryan recognized as “Heart & Stroke Healthy City"
The Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke recently recognized the City of Bryan for their promotion of heart health.
The Council’s Texas Heart and Stroke Healthy City Recognition Program honors cities that advance recognized best practices for preventing and controlling heart disease and stroke.
“This program helps bring into focus those cities that raise the bar in cardiovascular health,” said Tom Tenner, PhD, Chair of the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. “The City of Bryan and the other recognized cities were found to be best prepared, based on an assessment of recognized best practices in policies and environmental changes.”
The following cities were recognized at the Gold, Silver, or Bronze Level this year:
Gold Level: Marshall, Nacogdoches, Tyler
Silver Level: Bryan, Georgetown, Longview, Temple
Bronze Level: Harlingen, Odessa
Ten indicators are used to determine recognition as a Heart and Stroke Healthy City. Environmental indicators include offering physical activity areas, healthy eating options, defibrillators and CPR classes in the community. Policy indicators include smoke-free ordinances in worksites, restaurants, and day care centers; an EMS system with priority response times to 911 calls for heart attacks or strokes, and recognized guidelines for the care and treatment of heart attack and stroke in hospitals.
The mission of the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke is to educate, inform and facilitate action among Texans to reduce the human and financial toll of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
More information about the Heart and Stroke Healthy City Recognition Program can be found on the Texas Department of State Health Services web site at www.texascvdcouncil.org.
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