Challenge: BP

Did You Know?

  • The number of deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Allegheny County are higher than those of PA and the U.S. as whole
  • High blood pressure is one of the leading risk factors of CVD
  • Modest increases in high blood pressure are linked to higher risk of death, including heart failure among African Americans
  • Every 10-point drop in systolic blood pressure can decrease the risk of CVD and stroke by 30-50%
  • Having a lower blood pressure can also help reduce the risk for other chronic diseases

The American Heart Association (AHA) and Live Well Allegheny have partnered for the first Challenge: BP. We are recruiting communities and workplaces to work together in order to lower rates of high blood pressure in our county. Our goal is for all Challenge: BP participants to lower blood pressure by 10mmHg on average.

The challenge will run from March 1st to November 30th, 2017.

Here’s How to Participate:

Organization or Workplace

  • Identify a Challenge: BP Champion in your workplace or community
  • Select the AHA blood pressure program that is right for your organization with guidance from the AHA Community Health Consultant (Workplace Health Solutions or Check.Change.Control).
  • Once you sign up for a blood pressure program, we will provide the tools, training, and resources for implementation.

Individual Participant

  • Check your blood pressure at any Giant Eagle pharmacy blood pressure machine and enroll in their free Blood Pressure Management Program.
  • Check your blood pressure twice a month; Change to healthier habits; Control your blood pressure!
  • Stay connected to learn what additional resources and things you can do to manage your blood pressure. #ChallengeBP, #LWA, #howdoyoulivewell, #AHAPGH

For more information, please contact the American Heart Association at ChallengeBP@heart.org

Accept the challenge and join Challenge: BP today!