UNION COUNTY — Residents of Union County have the opportunity to participate in program that provides free hypertension coaching.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control• is partnering with the South Carolina Pharmacy Association and a network of community pharmacists to provide free blood pressure control coaching to adults’ age 18 years and older diagnosed with high blood pressure in the following 15 counties:
“High blood pressure contributes to 30% of heart disease deaths each year and nearly two out of every five adults in South Carolina has high blood pressure,” said Rhonda Hill, Director for DHEC’s Division of Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and School Health. “Recent data shows that self-measured blood pressure monitoring plus additional support is effective in lowering blood pressure among adults with high blood pressure. Through this program, we hope to reduce deaths related to high blood pressure and develop effective community partnerships that support blood pressure self-management.”
Community pharmacists will provide education to help over 1,000 clients manage their blood pressure during the next three years. Clients will be offered training and support in:
• Properly measuring their blood pressure;
• Taking blood pressure medication as directed; and
• Increasing physical activity and making healthier eating choices.
To find out how you can receive one-on-one help in controlling your high blood pressure, please contact: The South Carolina Pharmacy Association, Katharine Stafford, [email protected], (803) 354-9977.
South Carolina Pharmacy Association, 1350 Browning Road, Columbia, SC 29210; phone 803.354.9977; fax 803.354.9207; www.scrx.org; [email protected]
This story was submitted by the South Carolina Pharmacy Association.