Monday, August 18, 2014

What Works in Colorado: The Center for African American Health's Just Check It Program

Although control of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has improved during the past two decades, recent studies estimate that less than half of hypertensive adults in the United States have their blood pressure (BP) under control. Controlling BP levels is important because hypertension is a major risk factor for several life-threatening conditions, including heart disease and stroke.

Research has shown that regular use of home blood pressure monitors (HBPMs) by individuals with hypertension improves medication adherence and attainment of goal BP levels.

In Colorado, Just Check It is an evidence-based program that is designed to assist people who want to monitor and better control their blood pressure. Just Check It reaches out into the community at various events and through The Center for African American Health to connect with people who have high blood pressure and who want additional tools to help them control it. During a 2-hour orientation, The Center for African American Health staff discuss what hypertension is, how it affects the body and, most importantly, how to control it. In addition, the programs provide a tote bag full of information and materials to empower people to take control of their blood pressure and this includes a state-of-the-art blood pressure monitor, nutrition resources and other tools for getting healthy.

For more information contact: Wendy Smittick at 303-500-2085 or visit our website at:

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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