Community Health Councils set "Know Your Digits" Month into motion by hosting the launch event at the Ascot Branch of Los Angeles Public Library. The launch included a health fair that offered free blood pressure screenings, a 15-minute fitness session and a healthy smoothie demonstration and sampling.
The event showcased the wide variety of organizations, clinics, and businesses that are supporting the campaign by promoting key blood pressure facts, management tips and resources for blood pressure screenings. Major partners such as American Heart Association, Everest College, Northgate Gonz?ílez Market, Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health were on hand to speak on a panel regarding high blood pressure management and the month-long campaign.
Today, one in three Los Angeles County residents is not aware that they have high blood pressure and therefore do not have it controlled. As a result, "Know Your Digits" Month was designed to encourage consumers to know their blood pressure level and to talk with their healthcare provider to learn how to effectively manage it.
"I've lived with high blood pressure for a long time, and never gave it much attention," said Martha Gonzalez, community member. "Now at 44, I suffer from kidney failure. To think this could have been avoided if I had only paid attention to my blood pressure."
Commonly known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a serious condition that often has no symptoms. If left untreated, it can lead to heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. For a full list of our partners and the upcoming blood pressure screenings in your area, please visit KnowYourDigits.org.