Councillors get checked to combat high blood pressure health risks

April 20, 2017

Cheshire East Councillors have had vital health checks carried out in order to highlight the danger of high blood pressure amongst Cheshire East residents.

These checks were undertaken in advance of the Stroke Association’s ‘know your blood pressure’ day on Saturday April 22, a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of regular testing for the condition. 

High blood pressure is a serious health condition which affects one in four adults in the UK and, worryingly, 40,000 people across Cheshire East may unknowingly have dangerously high blood pressure. 

Cllr Paul Bates blood pressure testCouncillor Paul Bates, cabinet member for communities and health, said: “Getting your blood pressure checked may not be at the top of everyone’s priority list but it is hugely important. 

“Ultimately, carrying out regular checks can save lives, which is why we at Cheshire East are working with our public health team to help encourage more people to have their blood pressure checked.

”Cheshire and Merseyside’s five year ‘saving lives, reducing the pressure’ campaign has also continued to see success in its aim to spread awareness, making great progress in reducing health risks from high blood pressure across the region. 

This month marks one year since the strategy was launched, so further analysis of improvements to public health will be shared during a stakeholder engagement event taking place on April 27. 

In order to help maintain a regular blood pressure, a healthy weight and overall lifestyle, Cheshire East is also advising residents through our ongoing ‘One You’ campaign. One You Cheshire East offers friendly local support to help residents eat well, move more, drink less and stop smoking.  

As part of the One You campaign, residents are urged to take the online quiz at https://www.oneyoucheshireeast.org/ to assess their daily lifestyle and receive help and advice on how they can improve their health.

To find out more information about upcoming campaigns, visit Blood Pressure UK’s website at http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home.