People are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves for a free health check aimed at reducing the burden of strokes.
The SiSU Health Project was launched at Launceston Library on Wednesday.
An initiative of the Stoke Foundation, the project offers self-service health stations designed to measure blood pressure, heart rate, type 2 diabetes risk, body mass index and overall stroke risk.
City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said strokes were a devastating disease with life-changing implications, despite being largely preventable.
"Too many of us take our health for granted," he said.
"We need to make regular health checks a priority to reduce our stroke risk. When you understand your stroke risk, you can take steps to reduce it, where necessary."
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Tasmania has the highest incidence of stroke per capita in Australia.
In Bass, it is estimated more than 290 strokes will occur in 2019, with more than 2450 stroke survivors already living in the community.
Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said the greatest risk factor was high blood pressure.
"The good news is high blood pressure can be managed, but it has no immediate symptoms so you need a health check in the first place to determine if it is an issue," she said.
"Prevention is the key to easing the burden of stroke on the community.
"Research tells us that more than 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented by managing blood pressure and cholesterol and living a healthy lifestyle.
"This includes eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, not smoking and only drinking alcohol in moderation."
The SiSU health stations will be available at Launceston Library from September 12 to October 8, the UTAS Newnham Campus from October 8 to October 28; and Launceston Aquatic Centre from October 28 to November 26.
Participants receive information on their stroke risk, as well as information about stroke, relevant lifestyle advice, or a referral to a doctor for a comprehensive assessment, if required.
For more information on stroke visit www.strokefoundation.org.au.