CRESTVIEW— North Okaloosa Medical Center kicked off the first F.A.S.T. 5K on May 13 on Main Street, a fun run and walk to promote stroke education and awareness in the community.

The event is titled "F.A.S.T." after the acronym used as a mnemonic device to help detect a stroke: Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services.

This is the first time this event has been held, but the hospital plans on continuing the 5K for years to come, according to Greg Clark, a physical therapist at North Okaloosa Medical Center and one of the event's coordinators.