February-March 2019 | Articles

Do you know your blood pressure?

Do you know your blood pressure?

Rotary clubs are again lending their support to The Stroke Association to raise awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure.

For every 10 people diagnosed with high blood pressure, seven remain undiagnosed and untreated – that is more than 5.5 million people in England alone.

With Rotary’s support via Know Your Blood Pressure events, the Stroke Association is able to reach those at the highest risk.

The Know Your Blood Pressure (KYBP) campaign helps people to understand the link between high blood pressure and stroke, as well as other risk factors and, crucially, what they can do to reduce their risk of having a stroke.

KYBP events are held in community settings across the UK offering free blood pressure testing, stroke prevention information and friendly advice.

In 2018, Rotary clubs ran 318 KYBP events across the UK, and in past years this has contributed to the Stroke Association’s yearly totals of approximately 2,000 events and 50,000 blood pressure tests, where 23% of all attendees have been signposted to their GPs following a high blood pressure reading.

The 2019 KYBP Day is on Saturday, April 13th, but you can register to hold an event in the surrounding weeks, as well as throughout the rest of the year.

If you would like to organise your own KYBP event, you can visit the website, which will tell you everything you need to know and do to successfully hold a KYBP event.

Once you’re registered, you’ll receive an updated welcome pack, with our event guidelines and a materials order form enclosed.

The Rotary Promotional Toolkit and Rotary Social Media Guide include some handy tips for promoting your event both online and offline.

Make sure you register you event and order updated materials at least 4 weeks in advance. This will help the Stroke Association to ensure you have everything you need.

Get in touch if you have any queries about the campaign. Contact the Stroke Association’s prevention team by emailing kybp@stroke.org.uk or call 01527 908918.

Stroke Prevention is one of several health and wellbeing campaigns that Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland are involved in.

Why not consider joining forces with other groups in your community to host a Rotary-sponsored health fair and use the opportunity to run your KYBP sessions alongside promoting blood and organ donation, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, defibrillators, prostate cancer, dementia research and raising awareness of mental health issues.

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