Yesterday, NimbleUser had a YMCA specialist onsite to do a blood pressure screening and explain what the reading means. Employees then anonymously logged onto the Blood Pressure Challenge website and entered their reading. Companies are then ranked for their percentage of staff participation in the challenge. Approximately 73% of the staff participated in the Blood Pressure Challenge yesterday, placing us around 9th place out of 26 small businesses. Go NimbleUser!
“The simple test, done either with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope, or a digital device, measures the force in which blood travels through your arteries. If that force is above normal (over 120/80), your doctor may say you are at risk of getting, or that you already have high blood pressure. In Rochester and the surrounding region, an estimated one out of three people have high blood pressure. It is called the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms, and it can cause serious health problems, including stroke, heart disease, and kidney disease if left untreated. It is also a leading cause of death among Americans. “-www. bpchallenge.org
The good news is that our local community is doing something about it and NimbleUser is proud to participate in this effort. The Blood Pressure Challenge runs from May 1st – May 31st, with the overall program goal to get 25,000 or more participants. For each individual blood pressure taken, a donation is made toward blood pressure equipment for use in underserved area populations.