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​One You Merton offers FREE Blood Pressure Testing for Local Residents as Part of Know Your Numbers! Week


One You Merton is urging local residents in Merton to get their blood pressure checked for FREE as part of Know Your Numbers! Week the UK's biggest free blood pressure testing event held at 'Pressure Stations' around the country from
Monday 10th to Sunday 16th September 2018.

Trained health advisors hosting the Pressure Stations from One You Merton will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately.

This comes as charity, Blood Pressure UK cautions that ignoring health warnings, particularly about poor diet and excess salt intake, is leading more young people to develop hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) – putting them at risk of having an early stroke, especially when they don't know their blood pressure numbers.

With unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet contributing to more young people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension, around 1 in 3 people in the UK are now living with high blood pressure (the single biggest cause of death) – with 6.5 million[1] people still remaining undiagnosed.

Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not enough exercise.

Kulvinder Jhita, Service Manager for One You Merton says: "Blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death. As an individual having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure. Make sure you visit us at one of our Pressure Stations during Know Your Numbers! Week and get your blood pressure checked."

Hemini Bharadia, Know Your Numbers! Week Campaign Manager says: "High blood pressure does not discriminate on age or gender – people are dying unnecessarily because they fail to take such simple steps to reduce their blood pressure. Know Your Numbers! Week is the perfect opportunity to have your blood pressure taken for free and put you in control of your health."

One You Merton is offering free blood pressure checks at:

DateLocationTime
Monday 10th SeptemberMerton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX10am to 12pm
Tuesday 11th SeptemberMitcham Fire Station Community Room, 421 – 445 London Road, Mitcham,
CR4 4BJ
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Thursday 13th SeptemberMerton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX10am to 12pm
Friday 14th SeptemberMitcham Fire Station Community Room, 421 – 445 London Road, Mitcham,
CR4 4BJ
12:30pm to 2:30pm

 

For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! Week, go to: www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/AboutKYN 

The dates and times above can also be found on the One You Merton Twitter and Facebook pages by following @OneYouMerton

[1] Using the 16 million figure from PHE for England this has been extrapolated to give a figure of 19 million for the UK.