WMU News

Campus blood pressure screenings are Feb. 8-18

February 4, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Take this message to heart: get your blood pressure checked!

That's the theme of Western Michigan University's annual Campus-Wide Blood Pressure Screening and Education Program, a convenient preventive health screening benefit for WMU employees, which will travel to twelve campus locations over the next two weeks, beginning Monday, Feb. 8. This program, sponsored by Sindecuse Health Center's Office of Health Promotion and Education, offers free blood pressure assessments and preventive health education for all members of the University community.

Approximately 30 percent of all adults over the age of 18 have high blood pressure. But only about 54 percent of hypertensive adults are aware of their high blood pressure and only about 11 percent have their blood pressure under control. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and cigarette smoking greatly increase the risk of developing heart disease. High blood pressure and high cholesterol have no symptoms, so getting them checked regularly should be at the top of everyone's list for preventive health care.

Let us pump you up! Get your blood pressure checked at the screening site most convenient to your schedule.

Schedules and locations for campus blood pressure screenings for members of the University community are published in the February 4 issue of Western News and in the Events section of WMU/News.

Your heart disease risk reduction plan should include all of the following:

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu


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