(SALT LAKE CITY) – Blood pressure is a main risk factor for heart disease and stroke, which are the first and third leading causes of death in Utah, respectively. In an effort to educate Utahns on the importance of knowing one’s blood pressure numbers, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSPP) is teaming up with Harmon’s Grocery during American Heart Month.
Throughout February, HDSPP’s life-sized “Mr. Blood Pressure” cutouts will be displayed in various Harmon’s locations. Each Harmon’s store will also have blood pressure monitors available for public use, and dietitians will be on hand to offer helpful tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle.
According to the American Heart Association, 3,500 people die in Utah each year from heart disease and stroke – accounting for more than 30 percent of all deaths. Small changes to a person’s daily routine, like exercising and eating less salt, can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
“Since high blood pressure generally has no symptoms, the only way to diagnose it is to get tested,” said Tania Charette, HDSPP Media Coordinator. “With their emphasis on health and community outreach, Harmon’s is the perfect partner for getting this important message out to the public.”
For more information about HDSPP, visit http://www.hearthighway.org/.
Tania Charette, MPH, CHES
HDSPP Media Coordinator