Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St., will host a kickoff for Get to Goal, a program of the American Heart Association to reduce hypertension, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will feature blood pressure screenings, educational materials, heart-healthy snacks, family-oriented activities that promote healthy behaviors, and the opportunity to enroll in the Get to Goal program.
Get to Goal’s focus is to address hypertension, a deadly disease afflicting 76.4 million Americans. African Americans have the highest rates of hypertension among the world population, making them twice as likely to suffer a stroke and disproportionately raising their risk for heart diseases.
Joining the event are members of the congregations of First African Methodist Church and Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, who are volunteering to go after hypertension, called the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms. High-tech blood pressure kiosks installed at both churches will enable parishioners and neighbors to upload and monitor blood pressure numbers for their health care professionals. The machines are linked to an online health management website called Heart360.org to allow instantaneous upload and monitoring of blood pressure numbers. The four-month program will also include workshops on blood pressure management, physical activity, general nutrition, and frequent blood pressure checks.