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Free blood pressure checks for Abbeygate centre shoppers
19/06/2007

Summer shoppers will have the opportunity to get a free blood pressure check as well as some great bargains at Abbeygate Shopping Centre, Nuneaton on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June.

Physical Active Consultants from Nuneaton & Bedworth Leisure Trust (NBLT) will be on hand to check shoppers’ blood pressure and offer free information on high blood pressure, from national charity the Blood Pressure Association (BPA).

Free blood pressure checks will be available at Abbeygate Shopping Centre, mall area (by Argos) on:

  • Wednesday 27 June, from 12.30pm – 4pm
  • Thursday 28 June, from 9am – 12pm
  • Friday 29 June, from 9.30am – 4pm

Colin Cosgrove, Head of Information and Support at the BPA, the UK’s blood pressure charity, explains: "Over 16 million people in the UK have high blood pressure, and an alarming 5.3 million people don’t even realise they have the condition, which is the major cause of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.

"The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it tested, so we are delighted that customers at Abbeygate Shopping Centre are being given the opportunity to have a quick, free and painless blood pressure check."

Nicola Cormell, Abbeygate Shopping Centre Manager, said: "High blood pressure is an important health issue, so we hope that all our customers will take the opportunity to have a free blood pressure check. We fully support the BPA’s aim to get people to know their blood pressure numbers in the same way they know their height and weight."

Lynsey Miles, NBLT Physical Active Consultant based at Bedworth Leisure Centre said, "As well as blood pressure testing, we also offer lifestyle consulting including advice and information on keeping a healthy heart and the importance of physical activity for a healthier lifestyle. For more information see us on the day or visit www.abbeygatecentre.co.uk / www.nbleisuretrust.org."

For a free high blood pressure information pack, please visit www.bpassoc.org.uk or call the BPA on 020 8772 4994.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact:
Anne-Marie Devaney, BPA Press & PR Officer, 020 8772 4993
Nicola, Abbeygate Shopping Centre Press Officer, 02476 371 800

  • The Blood Pressure Association is the UK’s blood pressure charity which provides information and support to people with high blood pressure and also raises awareness about prevention of the condition. For more information visit www.bpassoc.org.uk or call 020 8772 4994
  • The BPA encourages everyone to have a healthy lifestyle to maintain a healthy blood pressure and reduce their risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. The BPA’s top tips to lowering blood pressure are:
  1. Get your blood pressure checked and ‘Know Your Numbers!’® - it’s free, painless and can be done at your GP surgery and many high street and supermarket pharmacies
  2. Cut down on salt – adults should have no more than 6g a day – that’s a teaspoon. More than 75 per cent of the salt we consume is already in food so check the label. Remember that to work out the salt content you have to multiply sodium level by 2.5. If a product has more than 0.2 grams of sodium (0.5 grams of salt) per 100 grams of food you should leave it on the shelf
  3. Eat at least five – ideally seven to nine - portions of fruit and vegetables every day (Their potassium content helps to lower blood pressure)
  4. Be as active as you can – moderate physical activity, eg, brisk walking, five days a week will help get your pressure down
  5. Find and reach your ideal weight
  6. Keep an eye on alcohol – 2-3 units a day maximum for women and 3-4 for men. One unit is equal to a small glass of wine or a half pint of beer.


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