Dodge employees are rolling up their sleeves to stop the silent killer!
Also known as “the silent killer,” high blood pressure is one of the most prevalent conditions in our country. One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure (more than 68 million Americans), and nearly 20 percent do not know they have it. In 2009, high blood pressure was recognized as a primary or contributing cause for nearly 350,000 American deaths. We think it’s time to improve these statistics.
Last year, Dodge Communications participated in the inaugural National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves!, sponsored by the American Medical Group Foundation’s Measure Up/Pressure Down® high blood pressure campaign. This campaign reached more than 57.4 million Americans in 2014 through blood pressure screenings, local events, social media and more.
Today is the second annual National Day of Action, and Dodge employees are rolling up our sleeves a bit further this year. We are committed to making a difference in the health of our community, and we recognize that every effort helps. A few ways we’re participating in the campaign this year include:
- Hosting a healthy lunch-and-learn meeting. Employees are encouraged to bring a heart-healthy lunch tomorrow, and we will all eat lunch together while viewing some videos provided by the campaign.
- Performing self-measurement with smartphone applications. The campaign provided us with a blood pressure monitor from their partner, Withings, and we are sharing the monitor amongst Dodge employees this week to allow everyone to test their own blood pressure.
While these are just a couple ways Dodge is participating in the Measure Up, Pressure Down campaign, we encourage you to spread the word about the dangers of high blood pressure to help engage your own company and community in the fight against the silent killer. A few ways to do so include:
- Encourage physical activity
- Offer nutritious options for office snacks
- Manage workplace stress and offer ways to relax
- Limit the amount of alcohol offered to employees at work-sponsored events
Learn more about preventing high blood pressure here.