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West Lindsey Council brings blood pressure checks to market
02/09/2010

Gainsborough shoppers can have a free blood pressure check when they're out and about in the town centre during this year's Know your Numbers! Week.

Know your Numbers! Week is the nation's biggest blood pressure testing event, run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association (BPA), and this year 1,400 'Pressure Stations', including pharmacies, shopping centres and markets, are taking part across the UK.

Health trainers from West Lindsey District Council will be offering Gainsborough residents free blood pressure checks at the following Pressure Stations:

  • Tuesday 14 September, 10am-3pm
    Market stall in main market square, Gainsborough
  • Friday 17 September, 10am-3pm
    Market stall outside Marshall's Yard Shopping Centre, Gainsborough (or inside ground floor of Guildhall council building in bad weather)

This year the Blood Pressure Association is asking local residents 'Are you gambling with your health?' because three quarters of adults don't know their blood pressure numbers and so are taking an unnecessary gamble with their health.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure causes stroke and heart attack, and it's a symptomless condition, so the only way to find out if you have it is to have regular blood pressure checks. However, once detected, it can be very successfully managed.

Vicki Slinger, Health Network Co-ordinator at West Lindsey District Council, said: "There's a high level of heart disease in the Gainsborough area, so we're taking part in this year's Know your Numbers! Week to help tackle this, as high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart health problems.

"As well as the checks, we’ll also be offering the chance to have one-on-one lifestyle advice sessions with our health trainers, so that residents can improve their general health in the long-term. There's also the chance to be referred to our exercise scheme, which gives committed residents three months free membership and then a reduced rate at a local gym."

Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: "We are delighted West Lindsey District Council is bringing Know your Numbers! Week to Gainsborough's town centre.

"It really couldn't be more convenient so I hope all residents will take a few minutes out of their day to have a blood pressure check – it's quick, free and painless and it could save your life."

To find out more about the campaign visit the Know your Numbers! website at www.bpassoc.org.uk/kyn or if you have a question about high blood pressure, call the Blood Pressure Association's Information Line on 0845 241 0989 (Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm).


Notes to Editors:

  • For more information on Know your Numbers! Week, or for facts, figures, quotes and photos, contact Anna in the Blood Pressure Association's Press Office on 020 8772 4993/4984, or email acureton@sgul.ac.uk
  • To arrange for your reporter to have their blood pressure checked, or for a photo or interview, please contact Julie Curtis, Communications Officer for West Lindsey District Council, on (01427) 676502 or at julie.curtis@west-lindsey.gov.uk
  • The Blood Pressure Association is the UK's leading blood pressure charity working to lower the nation's blood pressure. The charity provides information and support for people with high blood pressure and raises awareness to prevent the condition. For more information visit the charity's main website at www.bpassoc.org.uk, or call 020 8772 4994.


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