About 1 in 3 adults in the United States—70 million people—have high blood pressure, but only half have it under control. High blood pressure increases one’s risk for heart disease and stroke, which are both leading causes of death for adults. The good news is that you can take steps to prevent high blood pressure or to control it if your blood pressure is already high. Take a look at how LiveWell Johnson County is partnering with community organizations to help patients find education and support to manage their blood pressure:
Free Blood Pressure Monitoring Stations
LiveWell Johnson County partnered with Humana to provide FREE blood pressure self-monitoring stations in three locations! Knowing your numbers is important. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other health conditions. People rarely have symptoms when their blood pressure gets too high, which makes regular monitoring important.
- Olathe Public Library Downtown Branch: 201 E. Park St, Olathe, KS 66061
- Johnson County Central Resource Library: 9875 W. 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212
- Johnson County Northeast Office: 6000 Lamar, Mission, KS 66202
High Blood Pressure Prevention Classes
Most of the sodium we consume comes from heavily processed foods, like boxed, frozen or pre-made meals. LiveWell Johnson County is partnering with Hy-Vee to offer Spot the Salt classes to community members who want to reduce their sodium intake by cooking at home. The classes include a Dietitian-led low sodium store tour, a visit with the pharmacist and a healthy recipe demonstration.
YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Class
The YMCA’s new Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program is designed to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure. It follows an evidence-based program that combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education and personalized support. The program is facilitated by Healthy Heart Ambassadors, appointed and trained by the YMCA, who will show participants how to use a blood pressure cuff, encourage self-monitoring and facilitate monthly nutrition education seminars.
LiveWell Johnson County is partnering with Balls Foods pharmacists to provide the community with Pharmer’s Markets. Join us at one of our three grocery store locations for free blood pressure checks, nutritional information and advice from your local pharmacists. Also, earn FREE produce bucks to redeem in-store for fresh fruits and veggies!
- -Olathe Payless Foods: 2101 E. Santa Fe, Olathe KS 66062
- -Shawnee Price Chopper: 12010 West 63rd St, Shawnee, KS 66216
- -Roeland Park Price Chopper: 4950 Roe Blvd, Roeland Park, KS 66205
Heart Healthy Cooking Classes
Join LiveWell Johnson County and Balls Foods for some heart healthy cooking classes! Low sodium doesn’t have to mean less flavor. Come learn how to create a healthy meal that tastes great, but is also great for you! Class focuses on one-skillet meals that help to reduce blood pressure, blood sugar and cardiovascular disease.