Farmers market features free blood pressure checks
In an effort to promote public health, the Trumbull Health Department is offering free blood pressure screenings at the Farmer’s Market, 1773 Huntington Turnpike, on Thursday, June 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Individual counseling and educational materials will be available by the Trumbull Health Department’s Public Health Nurse.
“The Trumbull Health Department knows how busy residents are and wants to make taking care of themselves easier,” said Health Director Rhonda Capuano. “Take advantage of one-stop shopping – grab your produce, breads, and flowers at the Farmer’s Market and have your blood pressure checked at the same time. Preventive care helps residents stay healthy.”
High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, both leading causes of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure. The cause of 90-95% of the cases of high blood pressure is unknown, however, high blood pressure is easily detected and usually controllable. Because the consequences associated with high blood pressure are so serious, early detection, treatment, and control are important.
Many people do not know they have high blood pressure. Often there are no warning signs or symptoms. There are several things that you can do to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range:
- Get your blood pressure checked regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Be physically active.
- Limit alcohol use.
- Don’t smoke.
- Prevent or treat diabetes.
For more information on the importance of blood pressure screenings and the prevention of high blood pressure visit the CDC website at cdc.gov or contact the Public Health Nurse at the Trumbull Health Department at 203-452-1030.