Know Your Numbers! 

Issued: September 2, 2019

From 9-15th September 2019, We are urging local residents in Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham to get their blood pressure checked for FREE as part of Know Your Numbers! Week – the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country.

This year’s theme: Living well for longer’ – encourages people to have their blood pressure measured so they can take the necessary steps to maintain a healthy blood pressure and reduce their risk of debilitating strokes and heart attacks. With many of us living well into our 70s, 80s and 90s and with so much life to look forward to, these years need to be healthy and happy for everyone, free from disease and disability.

Staff will provide information and advice on keeping blood pressure under control and measure people’s blood pressure accurately.

Known as the silent killer as there are no symptoms, high blood pressure is THE biggest single cause of death in the UK which is WHY it’s important that people have their blood pressure checked. If it is high, a healthcare professional can advise on the necessary lifestyle changes to help manage it. 

With unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet contributing to more young people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension, around 1 in 3 people in the UK are now living with high blood pressure – with 6.5 million people still remaining undiagnosed.

Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not enough exercise.

Ben Frary, Senior Sports Development Officer, Lincs Inspire says:

Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels. Fortunately though, it can be easily detected and once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it – so make sure you visit our sites during awareness week and get your blood pressure checked.”

Hemini Bharadia, Know Your Numbers! Week Campaign Manager says:

Hypertension typically develops over the course of several years and usually you don’t notice any symptoms. But even without symptoms, high blood pressure can cause damage to your blood vessels and organs, especially the brain, heart, eyes, and kidneys which is why early detection is important. Know Your Numbers! Week is the perfect opportunity to have your blood pressure taken for free, put you in control of your health and live well for longer.”

We are offering free blood pressure checks at:

  • Grimsby Leisure Centre (both sites), Monday, 12 noon to 3pm,
  • Immingham Swimming Pool, Tuesday, 10am to 1pm,
  • Cleethorpes Library, Wednesday, 10:30am to 1pm  
  • Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, Thursday, 12 noon to 3pm
  • Bradley Football Development Centre, Friday, 9am to 12 noon

For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! Week, go to:

http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/AboutKYN/KYN2019

To find your nearest check visit

http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/Freebpchecks/Findfreecheck