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Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s Director of Health and Wellbeing said: “Know Your Numbers! week is a fantastic initiative, helping to identify people living with high blood pressure but who are undiagnosed and raising awareness of this silent killer.
“There are a number of things you can do to find out your blood pressure numbers, such as attending an NHS Health Check when invited, or visiting your local pharmacy for a check-up. You can also look at changing your lifestyle habits such as losing weight, exercising more, eating a healthy diet and cutting down on salt.
“Public Health England is committed to play its part to help better prevent, detect and manage high blood pressure, working with our many partners.”
Mike Ellicock, CEO of National Numeracy said: “Recent analysis suggests that at least 61% of the UK population do not have the numeracy skills needed to maintain their health. This is why we are supporting Know Your Numbers! week 2015, as it is vital to understanding your blood pressure - but if you struggle you are not alone and at National Numeracy we are here to help!
We have built a great tool, called the National Numeracy Challenge which is free and confidential, and thousands of people have started using it to improve their everyday maths skills. Know Your Numbers! week is the perfect time to give it a try.”
Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman at Blood Pressure UK, said: “We wanted to find out what people were spending their time doing rather than spending time thinking about their health and checking their blood pressure. This year we are urging everyone to make every second count - it’s quick, free, painless, and could save your life.
“Over half of the estimated 16 million people in the UK living with high blood pressure are unaware they have the condition, as it is symptomless. The only way to ‘Know Your Numbers’ is to have a blood pressure test at one of our free Pressure Stations in your area, your GP, local pharmacy, or by using a home blood pressure monitor”.
“We’re grateful to everyone who supports this campaign and want this year to be the busiest yet, so are urging everyone to stop by your local pharmacy, local Pressure Station, GPs surgery or by using a home blood pressure monitor.”