Many people who have high blood pressure don’t know it. If left untreated, high blood pressure increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
That is why Doncaster Council Public Health has organised free testing at events during Know Your Numbers Week, between September 15 and 21.
Know Your Numbers Week encourages adults across the UK to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Test Your Health Nurses will be offering free blood pressure testing throughout the week at various venues in the borough. The nurses will also offer brief advice around healthy living and local opportunities to lead a healthier lifestyle such as stop smoking service, dietician clinics and physical activity sessions.
The testing is free and available to all ages. For those over the age of 40, there will be an opportunity to get their health checked further, including blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol tests.
Dr Tony Baxter, Doncaster Council Director of Public Health, said: “High blood pressure rarely has obvious symptoms, but if it’s not treated it can damage the kidneys, heart and brain.
“All adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every five years. These sessions are a great opportunity for people to pop in and find out their numbers during Know Your Numbers week.
“People can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by losing weight if they need to, reducing the amount of salt they eat, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, cutting back if they drink too much alcohol, stopping smoking and cutting down on caffeine.”
On Monday 15 September the events will be taking place at Doncaster One Stop Shop, Civic Building, Waterdale, 09:30 - 15:30, and on the Health Bus at Tesco, Woodfield Plantation, Woodfield Way, 09:30 - 15:00.
On Tuesday 16 September they will be taking place at Asda Carcroft Pharmacy, High Street, Carcroft, 09:30 - 15:30.
On Wednesday 17 September they will be held at B & Q, White Rose Way, 09:30 - 15:30 and the Health Bus outside Sports Direct, St Sepulchre Way, 09:30 - 15:30.
On Thursday 18 September they will be taking place on the Health Bus outside Sports Direct, St Sepulchre Way, 09:30 - 15:30.
On Friday 19 September they will be held on the Health Bus at Tesco, Church View, Doncaster, 09:30 - 15:00, and B & Q, White Rose Way, 09:30 - 15:30.
On Saturday 20 September they will be held at B & Q, White Rose Way, 09:30 - 15:00.
For further information please visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/publichealth