The Fight Against High Blood Pressure Goes On

Issued: Tuesday 17th September

OVER 150 people turned out last week to Lincs Inspire’s Pressure Stations to get their blood pressure checked as part of the national campaign, Know Your Numbers, led by Blood Pressure UK.

Daily free drop-in sessions across the charity’s leisure centres, libraries and sports centres saw colleagues, members of the public, walking footballers, leisure members and library patrons all spend a few minutes of their time getting checked in order to better understand their health.

Lucy Guilliatt, health and well-being coach for Lincs Inspire, said: “We had a great turnout with many people getting their blood pressure tested as they felt happier doing it in our centres rather than going to their GP.

“Where people’s results were high, we advised them to visit their GP and also to follow the five steps to reduce their blood pressure; lower salt intake, eat more fruit and vegetables, watch their weight, exercise regularly and drink less alcohol.

“The campaign has given us a greater insight into people’s health. Those living 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 is often easy to resolve.

“Regular exercise plays a big part in lowering your blood pressure and so we were easily able to sign-post people to appropriate schemes, classes or sessions in our leisure centres.”

Lincs Inspire’s leisure service is currently offering a free five day membership where customers can swim during public sessions and take part in group exercise classes. Aerobic activity such as swimming is a great way to lower blood pressure. The pass gives customers a flavour of what Lincs Inspire leisure centres can offer. More information about the free 5-day pass.

Plans for more blood pressure checking stations and wider MOT health checks are being drawn up by the charitable trust in order to help people better understand their health condition and to advise on how to keep blood pressure levels under control.