A Message from Dr. Van H. Dunn, Chief Medical Officer, Summer 2017

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is often referred to as a “silent killer,” largely because the condition has no early warning signs and many people who have it don’t know they do.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is often referred to as a “silent killer,” largely because the condition has no early warning signs and many people who have it don’t know they do. With nearly a third of our members living with hypertension, we work hard to raise awareness about its dangers through numerous outreach efforts, including worksite wellness fairs and health workshops. We provide information to promote healthy lifestyle habits that help you reduce your chances of developing hypertension.

But this is not a problem unique to our members. New York City is launching a campaign to reduce the number of residents with hypertension, and I am privileged to sit on the steering committee of this initiative. Similar to the city’s anti-smoking outreach that has significantly reduced smoking rates and related illnesses, this campaign is bringing together healthcare leaders to address the growing epidemic of hypertension, particularly among people of color and those in lower-income communities.

So, please join us for our “Diabetes Prevention and Management” workshop on Saturday, July 22.

Healthy Living Spotlight with Dr. Dunn

To learn more about the causes, preventive measures and treatments for hypertension, we’ll soon publish our first installment of Healthy Living Spotlight with Dr. Dunn. In this new, ongoing video series, Dr. Dunn will discuss a range of conditions and health issues, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, immunizations, depression and more. If you have a topic you’d like Dr. Dunn to address, email us at Communications@1199Funds.org.

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