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Published on October 23, 2019

Checking it: Health organizations focus on blood pressure

Life is Why

UHS and the American Heart Association (AHA) have joined forces to improve the heart health of the Southern Tier in a special endeavor called “Life is Why.”

Life is Why is a national initiative which emphasizes the emotional connection to the work of the American Heart Association. The campaign encourages people to consider what or whom they are living for and use that as motivation to make lifestyle changes and improve their heart health.

"We at UHS are committed to engaging with our community and supporting efforts that lead to better health and well-being for people of all ages,” said John M. Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS. “I am personally very proud of Team UHS and our employees’ dedication to the Heart Walk and other heart-wellness endeavors in our area.”

Mr. Carrigg will chair the next Heart Walk, to be held in 2020.

UHS and the AHA will work together on "Check It! Southern Tier." Through the "Check It! Challenge," the two health organizations will encourage individuals, community organizations and employers throughout the region to focus on improving blood pressure.

The Check It! Challenge is based on "Check. Change. Control.," an evidence-based hypertension management program empowering participants to take ownership of their health using blood pressure self-monitoring.
The program incorporates the concepts of remote monitoring and online tracking as key features to hypertension management.

Known as the silent killer, hypertension, or high blood pressure, typically has no symptoms, but can lead to deadly health consequences such as heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.

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