Healthy Living

Guided Adaptive Cycling Starts Dec. 2018 – Spring 2019

2016 SFS cycling group

Guided adaptive cycling is back in Tucson starting December 27th!

Spokes Fighting Strokes (SFS) adaptive cycling will be at Curtis Park every Wednesday at 11:00 am starting December 27th. Directions for Curtis Park: 2110 W. Curtis Rd, Tucson AZ, 85705, south of the major intersection of La Cholla and River Rd. 

Stroke survivors will be provided a state-of-the-art tricycle that will be adapted to your own needs.  The guided rides are along the paved, no-traffic river path.  Your cycling guides will include SFS founder and stroke survivor Dan Zimmerman and University of Arizona students.  

This fantastic offering is free of charge but requires a RSVP.  A week before you arrive, please email with your name, height, weight, and what side (arm or leg) your stroke might have affected.  All abilities and cycling experiences can be accommodated.  Please email Dan with any questions.

Please join this FREE cycling activity and experience the freedom and rehabilitation benefits it brings!

Categories: Healthy Living, Resources, Survivorship

Dr. Ritter to Speak at Upcoming Event


Leslie Ritter

Leslie Ritter, PhD, Director of the Stroke Resource Center of Southern Arizona (SRCSA) will speak at the upcoming Life After Stroke & Brain Injury event on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Tucson Medical Center Senior Services.  Dr. Ritter’s talk, Community Resources on Your Path to Recovery will higlight SRCSA and other community services.

Other presentations include:

  • Your Brain after Injury: On the Path to Recovery | David Teeple, MD, TMC Stroke Center/Center for Neurosciences
  • Managing Depression | Sarah Burger, PhD, Center for Neurosciences
  • The Healing Power of Laughter | Gulshan Sethi, MD, Pima Heart, Director of TMC Cardiothoracic Surgery

Life After Stroke & Brain Injury is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Tucson Medical Center Senior Services is located at 1400 N. Wilmot. Registration is required. Please call (520) 324-4345 or email for more information.

stroke event

Categories: Announcements, Events, Healthy Living

Save the Date for Stroke Prevention Saturday

Reminder: Stroke Prevention Saturday is April 15th at Tucson Medical Center. Learn more

Are you at risk for a stroke? Join TMC and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson for the annual free Stroke Prevention Saturday, April 15, 7 a.m. to noon at TMC Marshall Conference Center.

Free testing for:

  • Height, weight and body mass index
  • Blood pressure and oxygen saturation
  • Glucose and cholesterol measurements
  • Carotid Doppler ultrasound to look for blockages or narrowing
  • Electrocardiogram

A physician will review your results with you.

The screening is recommended for those 50 years and older. For best results, an eight-hour fast is recommended.

In addition, to learning about their risk for stroke, participants will also receive information on recognizing the signs of a stroke and how to control risk facts and the signs of a stroke.

No appointment necessary. Please allow 45 minutes for screening.

Light snacks will be available.

Categories: Events, Healthy Living

“Saving Strokes” Golf Program

Get Back in the Swing of Life with “Saving Strokes” and morning golf program for stroke survivors and caregivers.

  • Wednesday, March 29th
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Saving Strokes Program is a relaxing, fun event that gives survivors and caregivers a chance to get back on the greens, get outdoors, meet other survivors and caregivers and just have fun!None of your own equipment (or skill!) is required; walkers and wheelchairs are welcome. The event includes golf instruction, a heart healthy luncheon featuring a speaker.

  • Date/Time:  Wed., March 29th, 10am-1pm (please arrive at 9:30)
  • Location:  Starr Pass Golf Club, 3645 W. Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745
  • Directions:  Take Starr Pass west off of I-10.  When you get to the resort, follow signs for the Golf Clubhouse
  • Cost:  The event is FREE but RSVPs are required.

To Register:  call 844-3316-0276 or go to  (registrations are still be accepted)

Categories: Events, Healthy Living

March is Nutrition Month!

Healthy For Good™ is the American Heart Association’s new movement to inspire all Americans to live healthier lives and create lasting change. It focuses on the simple idea that making small, incremental changes today can create a difference for generations to come.  The movement is built on four pillars: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well.

Learn more!


Categories: Awareness, Healthy Living

Spokes Fighting Strokes

We have a new resource listed on the Fitness page.


Spokes Fighting Strokes offers free adaptive cycling sessions (trikes provided) every Thursday at Curtis Park in Tucson.  Sessions are at 10 am and 1 pm.  Preregistration/RSVP is required.  Contact Lise or Dan at (303) 249-8621 or and provide the following information: height, weight, which side is affected and level of functionality (wheelchair, cane, assist needed, etc).


Categories: Healthy Living, Resources

Eat healthy every day

Make every day healthy eating day!

The American Heart Association sponsored a National Eating Healthy Day on the first Wednesday in November.

Visit the AHA website to learn more about healthy eating – just in time for the holidays!


Categories: Awareness, Healthy Living

Let’s talk about heart healthy foods


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers heart healthy food tips.

  • Eat less saturated and trans fats. Avoid fatty meats, fried foods, cakes, and cookies.
  • Cut down on sodium (salt). Look for low-sodium or “no salt added” canned soups, vegetables, snack foods, and lunch meats.
  • Get more fiber. Fiber is in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
Categories: Awareness, Healthy Living

Mediterranean Diet and Incidence of Stroke

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight research presented at the 2015 International Stroke Conference.

Mediterranean Diet and Incidence of Stroke in the California Teachers Study
Ayesha Z Sherzai, Columbia University, New York, NY

Learn more about the Mediterranean diet at the Mayo Clinic.

Categories: Awareness, Healthy Living, In the News

Healthy Heart Day on Feb. 7th

Join the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center for an interactive day of heart-healthy information, screenings and activities.
February 7, 2015

University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson AZ 85724

Start the day with a health fair, including free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, breathing assessment and medication consults with UA College of Pharmacy students. Browse heart-health information tables. Try tai chi and laughter yoga. Learn about the latest heart health updates from University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center experts.

Learn more and register.

Categories: Awareness, Events, Healthy Living

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