Stay healthy during American Stroke Month

May is American Stroke Month, and the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association want the people of Greater Boston to become stroke heroes.

You don’t need superpowers to be a stroke hero, but you do need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs. Stroke is largely preventable and treatable.

To educate the public, the Boston Public Market is teaming with the AHA | ASA and the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to teach people how to prevent and detect stroke.

Our F.A.S.T. sign will be displayed at Boston Public Market starting Monday.
Our F.A.S.T. sign will be displayed at Boston Public Market starting Monday.

From May 16-23, large signs will be displayed at the market displaying the acronym F.A.S.T., which is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. F is for face drooping; A is for arm weakness; S is for speech difficulty; T is for time to call 911.

Take a picture with the signs and share it on social media using the hashtag #StrokeMonth. To learn more about stroke, visit

On Saturday, May 21, chef Diane Kochilas will be hosting “Good Food. Good Health.” This is a free, Mediterranean cooking demonstration and tasting being held at The Kitchen at Boston Public Market, from 4-6 p.m. Kochilas is a food critic, host of her own cooking show, and author of 18 books on Greek cuisine.


Kochilas will be sharing recipes celebrating the healthy tenets of the Blue Zones, five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. researchers have identified as having the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world. Her family roots are in Ikaria, a Greek Island known for the longevity of its inhabitants.

The “Good Food. Good Health.” event will also feature healthy eating tips presented by CardioVascular Institute Vascular Surgeon Chantel Hile, MD, and Registered Dietitian Liz Moore. Every guest will receive a free copy of the CardioVascular Institute’s “Hungry Heart Cookbook.”

Register here.