County Offers Free Blood Pressure Screenings on Feb. 14
February 12, 2012 (San Diego)--A healthy heart is the best gift on Valentine’s Day—and all year. On Feb. 10, County officials and community partners kicked off the “Love Your Heart” campaign to help residents take charge of their own health by offering free blood pressure screenings.
Chairman Ron Roberts launches the “Love Your Heart” campaign. He is joined by Donald Turko from County Dept. of Human Resources, Minh Nguyen from US HealthWorks, Dr. Nick Yphantides from HHSA, Mary Ann Barnes from Kaiser and Nick Macchione, HHSA Director.
On February 14, residents will be able to have their blood pressure checked at 15 County sites across the region, including all County Public Health Centers. (Full schedule on page 2). Blood pressure checks are also available at many retail pharmacies, shopping centers and through healthcare providers.
“Heart disease remains one of our most serious health risks,” said Chairman Ron Roberts, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “You can strike back by getting your blood pressure checked. It is one of the best ways residents can take charge of their health and the first step on maintaining or improving heart health.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing one person every minute. In San Diego County, it has dropped to second place, next to cancer, but there is still much work to be done.
Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and a family history of heart disease can put an individual at greater risk.
“February 14 is a strong reminder to get your blood pressure checked, especially if you have other health risks,” said Nick Macchione, Director, Health and Human Services Agency. “A healthy heart is the best Valentine you can give yourself and your loved ones.”
The free blood pressure screenings, offered in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and US Health Works, are a part of the County’s Live Well, San Diego!initiative, which strives to improve the health, safety, and economic well-being of every resident in the region.
“Although high blood pressure is often unaccompanied by symptoms, it can ultimately result in severe illness,” said Anthony DeMaria, M.D., San Diego Chair of the Right Care Initiative. “Knowing your blood pressure numbers is critical to your overall heart health throughout the year.”
For more information, visit “Love Your Heart!”
“Love Your Heart”
February 14, 2012
Times and Locations
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
- County Administration Center - 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego (North and South Courtyards)
- North Coastal Public Health Center - 104 South Barnes Street, Oceanside
- North Inland Public Health Center - 606 East Valley Parkway, Escondido
- North Central Public Health Center - 5055 Ruffin Rd, San Diego
- Central Region Public Health Center - 5202 University Avenue, San Diego
- East Region Public Health Center - 460 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste 110, El Cajon
- South Region Public Health Center - 690 Oxford Street, Chula Vista
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
- County Operations Annex - 5201 Ruffin Road, San Diego (DPLU Hearing Room)
- County Operations Center - 5560 Overland Avenue, San Diego (Room 171)
- Duffy Administration - 9621 Ridgehaven Court, San Diego (HRBS Conference Room)
- East County Regional Center - 250 E Main Street, El Cajon (Courtyard Area)
- Health Services Complex - 3851 Rosecrans Street, San Diego (Harbor Conference Room)
- North County Regional Center - 325 S Melrose Drive, Vista (Front Courtyard Area)
- South Bay Regional Center - 500 Third Avenue, Chula Vista (Front Area)
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
- Hall of Justice - 330 W Broadway, San Diego (Rooms 363A & B)