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February 12, 2014

New CHL high blood pressure program open for registration

The Center for Healthy Living is offering a new program to help Purdue faculty and staff manage their blood pressure.

"High blood pressure puts you at risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney problems and a number of other serious health conditions," says Dr. Carolyn Cooper of the Center for Healthy Living. "We want to help people control their blood pressure and reduce their risks."

The center's health coaches, pharmacist and dietitian will be available to clients who enroll in the new High Blood Pressure Education and Self-Management Program.

The program will meet from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Feb.19 and running through early May. It's free and open to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Spouses and same-sex domestic partners who are covered on a Purdue medical plan are also eligible to sign up.

When registering, participants will need something from their primary care provider that verifies they have high blood pressure.

"If it's been a while since your last checkup, and you're not sure if you have high blood pressure, now would be a great time to get a preventive exam and find out," Cooper says. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff get the exam at no charge, as do spouses and same-sex domestic partners who are covered on a Purdue medical plan. Preventive exam appointments are available before the Feb. 19 starting date of the high blood pressure program.

To learn more or register, contact Millie Fenneman, Center for Healthy Living practice manager, at 49-45505 by Monday (Feb. 17). To make an appointment for a preventive exam, call the center at 49-40111 or go to the Center for Healthy Living patient portal at https://purdue.opticonsite.com.