Community Health and Wellness Department offers free cardiovascular disease screenings
Shauna McCarthy, Community Health and Wellness
intern, offers cholesterol and blood pressure
screenings at Sherrill House in Jamaica Plain.
In addition to scheduled screenings, the Community Health and Wellness Department offered services at the State House Health Fair and Rogerson Communities Health Fair. They provided over 70 screenings between the two sites.
At the Roslindale House screening, the Community Health and Wellness Department was joined by a resident from the new Brigham and Women’s Family Care Associates Practice at BWFH. In addition to helping with screenings, the resident was able to act as a translator in this heavily populated Haitian/Creole community.
The Centers for Disease Control states that "High cholesterol has no symptoms, so many people don’t know that their cholesterol is too high. The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that adults get their cholesterol checked every five years."
Once you know your numbers, the challenge is to maintain or achieve good cholesterol levels. To do this, a proper diet, regular exercise and not smoking are recommended. By leading a healthy lifestyle, you can greatly decrease your risk of developing high cholesterol.
If you’re looking for a way to include more physical activity into your life, the Community Health and Wellness Department is offering a new Summer Fitness Program beginning this June. Click here to learn more.