The World Hypertension League (WHL) in partnership with the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) is excited to celebrate World Hypertension Day (WHD) 2016! World Hypertension Day will be celebrated on May 17th-May 24th, 2016. The theme for World Hypertension Day is Know Your Numbers with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world. Read more
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diabetic and Hypertensive Association, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment – March and Rally on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diabetic and Hypertensive Association, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, held a march and rally on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, to commemorate “WORLD HYPERTENSION DAY 2016”, which was celebrated around the world on May 17th, 2016, under the theme “Know Your Numbers.” The march commenced at 3:30pm, at Heritage Square, then on to Higginson Street and then back to Heritage Square where a rally was held. Music will be supplied by the Royal SVG Police Force Band.
The keynote speaker for the rally was Dr. Tomo Kanda, Pan American Health Organization Regional Advisor on Chronic Diseases and Mental Health. There were also addresses made by the NCD Co- ordinator in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Mrs. Beverly Liverpool and, President of the Diabetic and Hypertensive Association, Mrs. Rosita King, along with other cultural performances. Additionally, on Friday, May 20th, 2016, an outreach community activity was held at the Central Vegetable Market, Kingstown, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Blood Pressure checks, Body Mass Index, and Counseling services were offered. See more pictures here.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation, Scenic ‘Know your numbers’ bus Crawl to Celebrate World Hypertension Day (WHD).
World Hypertension Day (WHD) 2016 is brought to the fore during the week of May 17-24. The five buses on the scenic bus crawl left the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados, and made the way to Lower Carlton St. James. This was the first location where persons had blood pressure checks, and the response was so well received that persons within the community came to the site in order to have a blood pressure measurement. This effort contributed to the overall goal of three million screenings in 2016 within the World Hypertension League.
Based on the BP Data tramadol overnight cash on delivery collected 164 Blood Pressure measurements were conducted through the Scenic Bus Crawl. Mrs. Gina Pitts, CEO of the Heart & Stroke Foundation said “…the Foundation continues to do its part in the International Society of Hypertension’s goal of having three million blood pressures taken globally…and this was great work done by all involved.” Read more
SVG Salt Smart Coalition in the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment, hosted a one day workshop entitled “Smart Food Choices, Healthy Eating”
The SVG Salt Smart Coalition in the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment, hosted a one day workshop entitled “Smart Food Choices, Healthy Eating” on Tuesday, 17th May, 2016, at Frenches House, Kingstown, from 8: 30 am to 2: 30 pm. This activity was held as part of the Salt Reduction Project educational drive. It was also planned to coincide with “World Hypertension Day” 2016, which would be celebrated around the world on May 17th, 2016, under the theme, “know your numbers”.
Dr. Tomo Kanda, PAHO Regional Advisor on Chronic Diseases and Mental Health addressed the gathering. A presentation was made on the “Effects of Excess Salt on the Body”, by Consultant Nephrologist at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital – Dr. Twana Browne-Caesar. Other presentations were made by the staff at the Nutrition Unit, in the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment on the topics,” Reading Food Labels and Healthy Food preparation Methods”. See more pictures form the workshop here.
World Hypertension Day in the regional press:
Jamaica Gleaner – Halting Hypertension
Jamaica Observer – Hypertension and Your Heart
American Heart Association
Media activities began April 17 and center around the World Hypertension League’s international goal of reaching 3 million blood pressure checks in the month leading up to World Hypertension Day, May 17.
Here are some of things that you can see and do:
- Call to action: visit heart.org/hbp and hit the “I checked my blood pressure” button
- Use #BPcheck in social media
- Watch ‘The Domino Effect’ video here (use #dominoeffect on Social Media)
- May 5 – Measure Up/Pressure Down Day of Action will be a FB & Twitter Poll aligned with our “Check your pressure, Know your numbers” messaging
- May 17 – AHA will announce the grand total of Blood Pressure checks over the past 30 days