If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve also spent some time today on Facebook, Twitter, and maybe even YouTubeT.
And if you were paying attention, there’s also a good chance someone you follow posted or tweeted about High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, designated for the month of May. Did you notice?
If you did, it may have led you to the American Heart Association (AHA) Web site where some pretty cool stuff is going on. The AHA is currently running a campaign to create and upload your own video on your heart-healthy eating habits. The creator of the video that receives the most votes will receive $500 in AHA merchandise.
Why is it so important to pay attention? Well, that video could reach a lot of hearts. About 1 in 3 US adults—an estimated 68 million—has high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). This increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease.
Men are at greater risk for high blood pressure if they are over 45 years old. For women the risk is higher if they are older than 65 years old. African Americans develop high blood pressure more often, and earlier than whites and Mexican Americans.
There are some easy steps to help prevent high blood pressure this May, and all year long. Maintain a healthy diet low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Get regular exercise, quit smoking, and limit alcohol to help lower your blood pressure. That’s 139 characters of great advice, perfect for Tweeting.
Now that you’re in the know, what are you going to do about it?
Designate one day this May to make just 1 post or tweet on your favorite social networking site to spread the word on high blood pressure and you can educate millions of people. Don’t forget your doctor, too – it’s important to talk with your doctor about your health and get regular screenings.
The average Facebook user has about 190 friends and the average Twitter user has 127 followers– that’s a lot of hearts.
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