The American Heart Association is always working on behalf of your heart health. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is one of the many ways you can help keep your heart healthy. To help you understand your risk for high blood pressure (HBP), Check. Change. Control.®, our community-level BP monitoring program, uses health mentors to help people with high blood pressure do what they need to do to control it – eat right, be active, visit their doctor and take their medication. Mentors are local volunteers, sometimes family members who are trained to encourage participants to monitor their blood pressure and stay consistent with their plan for controlling it. To participate in or volunteer for a program in your area, click the appropriate link below to request more information.
About 85 million adults (approximately 1 in 3) in the United States have high blood pressure. Research shows that high blood pressure is a contributing factor to major health conditions including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health concerns. Research also shows that 45.9% of those with high blood pressure are not controlled, that’s 36.7 million people! It is estimated that high blood pressure costs the country about $48.6 billion each year. These costs range from health care services and medications to missed days of work.
The American Heart Association and American Medical Association partnered to launch Target: BP™ in 2015 to improve blood pressure control and build a healthier nation. This national initiative aims to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations, and patients to prioritize blood pressure control. Target: BP™ supports physicians and care teams by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources to reach and sustain blood pressure goal rates within the patients populations they serve. Working together, medical practices and health service organizations can significantly improve the nation’s current national blood pressure control rate of 54 percent. Join Target: BP™ and be a part of this national movement to build a healthier America, starting today.
EmPOWERED To Serve is a movement inspired by American Heart Association|American Stroke Association multicultural volunteers around the country who are passionate about driving change through health justice and empowerment in their communities. These committed ambassadors are impacting gaps in health equity through advocacy, policy, education and social change. Throughout the country, the American Heart Association hosts unique, engaging programs that not only educate, but entertain. Together, we will build a sustainable culture of health.
EmPOWERED To Serve strives to:
- Inspire and equip communities to adopt healthy living behaviors
- Make sure that help is on the way by growing the number of CPR trained individuals.
- Increase the use of 9-1-1 in response to signs of stroke and heart-related issues.
- Empower communities by improving access to quality healthcare.
- Support the elimination of food deserts.
- Increase access to safe environments for physical activity.
- Share success stories and best practices that communities can impact.
For more information about any of our programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org