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Ready to Play by the New Rules for Blood Pressure?

March 14, 2018

Is high blood pressure a problem in your organization?

We already know the answer if your population looks anything like the typical American.

The new guidelines from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and nine other groups mean nearly one in two adults have high blood pressure.

That’s a change you might not have expected.

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Is change a good thing?

They say there’s only two things you can count on. Death and taxes.

If you play by the rules, the IRS will never knock on your door. And if you make smart lifestyle choices, your chances of living a long and healthy life are pretty good.

But the majority of Americans aren’t playing by the rules for an ideal blood pressure.

  • Only one in five adults meets physical activity recommendations
  • About one in three adults is overweight or obese
  • Only one in ten eats enough fruits and vegetables
  • And the population is getting older

It’s the first time in 14 years these guidelines have been updated, meaning that nearly 50% of U.S. adults will now be considered hypertensive.

Lifestyle as medicine

But it’s not all bad news. Lifestyle medicine is being prescribed as part of the new changes to address high blood pressure.

Right now it’s a serious problem that currently costs an estimated $46 billion a year in:

  • Hospital visits
  • Outpatient care
  • Medications
  • Lost productivity

But it’s largely preventable with healthy lifestyle habits. And that’s one change the new blood pressure guidelines intend to accomplish with help from health and wellness professionals who work with individuals and populations.

Most people agree change isn’t easy. But taking steps in the right direction to control blood pressure can have a big impact on your organization to:

  • Promote wellness
  • Prevent disease
  • Improve productivity
  • Control healthcare costs

The big question is: How do you make it happen?

Lifestyle medicine expert Dr. Joe Raphael will walk you through the changes to diagnose and treat blood pressure in the upcoming webinar:

What Wellness Professionals Need to Know About the New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 2:00p.m. EDT
Duration: 1 hour

Join our webinar to learn:

  • What the new blood pressure guidelines are, and how to ensure you’re compliant
  • How to understand the increase in your population’s high blood pressure risk and select the right programs using the transtheoretical model of behavior change
  • Why readiness to change is crucial to improve outcomes and improve population health

Ready to play by the new rules for blood pressure? Register here.

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