Many Shasta County residents have high blood pressure and don’t know it, putting their health seriously at risk.
With that in mind, HHSA has provided six blood pressure monitor tool kits to the Shasta Public Libraries. Library patrons can use the kits to test their blood pressure there on site or check them out to use at home. The kits will be available at the Redding, Anderson, and Burney libraries, and they’re designed to promote self-monitoring for pre-hypertension, hypertension, and high blood pressure. Each tool kit has a blood pressure monitor, measurement instructions, and tracking sheets.
Funding for the kits was provided through a grant HHSA’s Public Health branch received from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to address prediabetes and undiagnosed hypertension in Shasta County through promoting and building support for healthy lifestyles with interactions between patients and their health care providers and effective linkages between clinical and community settings.
Making healthy lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight or losing extra weight, eating heart-healthy foods, and exercising regularly can help you prevent high blood pressure.
For information and resources on healthy and active living including trail maps, recreational activities, and eating healthy, visit www.healthyshasta.org.
See full press release here: PR BP Libraries