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Mobile, Ala. (March 6, 2009)
Contact: Bob Lowry, USA Medical Center, (251) 471-7262



Expect some "salty" language at the next South Alabama Regional Stroke Support Group meeting at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. The topic will be "Where The Salt Is - Interpreting Food Labels and Shopping for Healthy Foods."

The popular stroke support group will meet from 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 17 in the USA Medical Center's 10th floor dining room. The stroke support group meets the third Tuesday of each month.

The guest speaker will be Kathleen Willis, registered dietitian at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. "Eating less salt, also called sodium, can help lower blood pressure and help prevent the development of high blood pressure which is important in the prevention and reoccurrence of stroke," Willis said.

"In addition to limiting salt intake, learn about salt substitutes and other seasoning methods," Willis said. "This month's Stroke Support Group meeting will help you learn how to identify foods high in salt and interpret food labels."

In addition to Willis' talk, the meeting - sponsored by USA Medical Center - will feature a healthy meal and door prizes. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 471-7752, 471-7216 or e-mailing

USA Medical Center is the first facility in Mobile to earn Primary Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission, the nation's predominant health care standards-setting and accrediting body. The certification recognizes USA Medical Center's efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care and confirms USA Medical Center has the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving stroke outcomes.

USA Medical Center is also the state's first Gold Performance Achievement Award recipient for stroke care, awarded by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for meeting 100 percent of stroke indicators for 24 consecutive months.

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