Representatives from the Triangle community gathered this week at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for a ceremonial ribbon cutting of the first American Heart Association blood pressure kiosk in the Triangle area.
Once the ribbon was cut, everyone took a step back while a volunteer leaped forward to be the first one to use the kiosk. She led the group by measuring her blood pressure, weight and BMI. A line of others followed to take control of their own blood pressure. These are the individuals leading the Triangle towards better health.
Ceremony attendees included leadership from the host Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, kiosk sponsor Allscripts, the American Heart Association as well as the community. Wake County Commission Chairwoman Jessica Holmes was in attendance to speak about health in Wake County.
She said “There are enough adults with high blood pressure in Wake County to fill Carter Finley Stadium three times.” There was a murmur from the crowd as they imagined three stadiums full of their friends and neighbors with hypertension.
To Allscripts that statistic hits home. Allscripts is sponsoring this kiosk and the accompanying Check. Change. Control. program to empower both employees and community members to take control of their health. They also sponsor a teaching kitchen at the food bank which teaches people how to use the food they are provided to cook healthy, creative and delicious meals.
These community leaders are making an impact in Wake County, where one in two individuals has blood pressure. Use of the blood pressure kiosk and the Check. Change. Control. program is proven to decrease risk of heart attack and stroke. With nearly 25,000 volunteers coming through the food bank each year, this kiosk is positioned to help many people on their path to health.
A young Allscripts employee used the kiosk as the event ended. She was surprised to find that her blood pressure was extremely high and the kiosk recommended she contact a doctor immediately. After a visit to the emergency room, she is okay and has learned a lot about her health. She’s now better equipped to handle health crises in the future, thanks to this kiosk.
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