The best way to know if you are at risk for high blood pressure, is to know your numbers! The City of Sioux Falls wants to help residents to identify, manage and control high blood pressure. April 1st was the official kick-off of the fourth annual blood pressure awareness campaign called The Big Squeeze.
"The Big Squeeze directly correlates with the Live Well Sioux Falls initiative," Jill Franken, public health director, said "Through Live Well and our community partners, we are educating the residents of Sioux Falls on how to live a healthier lifestyle through improved nutrition, increased physical activity, reduced tobacco use, and by managing risk factors for disease such as high blood pressure."
This successful effort is being driven by both public and private partners to raise awareness for high blood pressure. Organizations participating in The Big Squeeze include the American Heart Association, Avera Health, City of Sioux Falls, DAKOTACARE, Lewis Drug, Novartis, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, and Walgreens.
In the coming weeks, The Big Squeeze will engage businesses and other organizations in the community to host on-site blood pressure screenings. For more on this story, CLICK HERE.