What’s Your Number?
Hypertension Campaign Kicks Off Healthy Washington County Project
Heart disease remains an ongoing health concern for our local community.
State data regularly notes that the heart disease mortality rate in Washington
County is significantly higher than both the Maryland and national baselines.
Experts agree that controlling blood pressure is an effective method of
reducing premature cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. To raise awareness
of the importance of regular blood pressure checks,
What’s Your Number?, a project of HealthyWashingtonCounty.com, is kicking off locally with
the help of three founding partners - the Herald-Mail, Meritus Health
and Washington County Public Schools.
Beginning today and continuing through early June, adults in our area are
encouraged to have their blood pressure checked often, then log on to
HealthyWashingtonCounty.com to sign up for a password protected dashboard
and track their blood pressure numbers. Prize drawings will take place
for everyone accessing HealthyWashingtonCounty.com. The site will also
offer health information related to hypertension, heart disease and other
community health concerns.
Meritus Health’s nursing division – including hospital-based,
school health and emergency department nurses – is championing the
cause and kicking off the screenings today in the Meritus Medical Center’s
main lobby. All adults screened with receive information cards and follow-up
instructions. Screenings will continue for the public in the hospital
lobby on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., for first responders
in the hospital’s emergency department starting in early March and
for WCPS employees at the school nurses’ offices during regular