June is Men’s Health Month: Blood Pressure Awareness

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Men’s Health Month and blood pressure awareness are of utmost importance when it comes to maintaining overall well-being. Men’s Health Month focuses on raising awareness about personal health and encourages individuals to prioritize self-care. By promoting healthy habits and emphasizing the significance of preventive measures, Men’s Health Month empowers individuals to take control of their health and make informed decisions. This month-long campaign serves as a reminder that investing in one’s health is an ongoing process that should be prioritized throughout the year.

Blood pressure awareness is an integral part of Men’s Health Month, as high blood pressure (hypertension) is a prevalent health concern with serious implications. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), raised blood pressure contributes to approximately 7.5 million deaths worldwide each year. This staggering statistic underscores the importance of monitoring and managing blood pressure levels. By raising awareness about blood pressure, individuals are equipped with knowledge and resources to take preventive measures such as regular check-ups, adopting a balanced diet, engaging in physical activity, and managing stress. Prioritizing blood pressure awareness not only reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases but also promotes a healthier lifestyle overall.

Here are some hypertension facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • A greater percentage of men (50%) have high blood pressure than women (44%)
  • High blood pressure is more common in non-Hispanic black adults (56%) than in non-Hispanic white adults (48%), non-Hispanic Asian adults (46%), or Hispanic adults (39%)
  • Among those recommended to take blood pressure medication, blood pressure control is higher among non-Hispanic white adults (32%) than in non-Hispanic black adults (25%), non-Hispanic Asian adults (19%), or Hispanic adults (25%).

GDLS employees and spouses enrolled in a GDLS medical plan are eligible to receive their own blood pressure cuff at no cost.

Hello Heart was just released on Apple Watch!

How it works:

If you have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medication, the Hello Heart app can help by providing tools to track and understand your heart health, personalized heart healthy tips and medication reminders. You can also track your cholesterol, monitor your weight, and access your medical information all in one place. You’ll better understand what triggers your readings so you and your doctor can work together to improve your health.

What’s in it for you:

• A free, wireless blood pressure monitor that will send readings to your phone

• Tools to manage your heart health

• Confidence that you understand your body and have support to be healthier Plus, you can earn Healthy Rewards points when you track your blood pressure and review daily insights.

Who’s eligible:

All employees enrolled in a GDLS medical plan and their eligible spouses.

How to access:

On the Castlight Mobile app, go to the Benefits tab and click on Hello Heart.


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