Sam Frost is Spreading the Word About Strokes

Breakfast radio host and "closet bogan" Sam Frost wants to talk to you about a bloody important issue.

The former Bachelorette star's latest project is very near to her heart. 

After losing her step father to a stroke, Sam teamed up with the Priceline Pharmacy to encourage Australians to get checked for early warning signs. 

"The Stroke Foundation [affiliated with Priceline] is really important to me and my family because I lost my step dad - who raised me since I was five - to a stroke probably about three years ago," she told LifeStyle.

"It had such a traumatic effect on our family and I think if I knew the risk factors, and if I knew the symptoms and the signs, and knew more about strokes... you kind of think ‘oh, maybe he would still be here’."

The 27-year-old (who celebrated her birthday this week) has now made it her business to spread the word.

According to the Stroke Foundation, strokes are one of the biggest killers of Australians. With one in six people likely to suffer a stroke, the issue kills more women than breast cancer, and more men than prostate cancer. 

It is also a leading cause of disability, with 65 per cent of stroke sufferers impeded in everyday activities.

So, how can you help prevent a stroke?

"I think it's important to exercise and eat healthy," Sam insists. "Get out and about, [exercise for] at least 20 minutes of your day. Even if it is just a walk, it certainly helps."

Those who suffer high blood pressure are particularly at-risk, so Sam also recommends getting a free blood pressure check from Priceline Pharmacy.

Sam and her boyfriend, Sasha Mielczarek - whose grandfather also died after suffering a stroke - will be heading in for a check-up and taking their families too.

"I have four brothers, so I know boys usually hesitate when it comes to getting a check-up and going to the doctors. So if sisters can drag their brothers along, it’s free and easily accessible so that’s what I would do."

Priceline Pharmacy has teamed up with the Stroke Foundation to offer free check-ups for the month of April. Find your nearest branch here and get tested! 

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