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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles City Council recognize August as Community Health Councils' ‘Know Your Digits’ Month

July 29th, 2014

(LOS ANGELES - July 29, 2014) Today, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr. of the Los Angeles City Council have joined Community Health Councils (@CHCinc) in recognizing the deadly impact of hypertension by declaring August “Know Your Digits” Month. Commonly known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a serious condition that often has no symptoms. If left untreated, hypertension can lead to heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Helping L.A. County residents control their blood pressure is CHC’s primary concern. During "Know Your Digits" Month, CHC will partner with a variety of organizations, clinics and businesses to promote hypertension awareness among Los Angeles residents.

“I feel compelled to do this for a lot of reasons, but in the African American community [hypertension] is a very serious problem; and in the Latino community as well,” said Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. during his presentation of the proclamation to the Los Angeles City Council. “What we hope to do today is to raise awareness. To make individuals understand the importance of going out and ensuring they know what their blood pressure numbers are and what they should be.”

The month-long campaign will launch August 7th at 10 am at the Ascot Public Library, 120 W Florence Ave, LA 90003 (Media Breakfast 9-10am). More than 70 events are scheduled throughout the month to provide free resources and blood pressure screenings. For more information about the “Know Your Digits. Be in Control” campaign, including a schedule of events and additional resources for high blood pressure, visit knowyourdigits.org


About Community Health Councils

Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit, community based health promotion, advocacy and policy organization. Established in 1992, CHC’s mission is to promote social justice and achieve equity in community and environmental resources to improve the health of underserved populations. United for Health is a community-level effort to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. It is a project of Community Health Councils funded by the Centers for Disease Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Transformation Grant — Small Communities Program in partnership with organizations in Boyle Heights, Central Los Angeles, Pacoima, Southeast Los Angeles, and Wilmington. chc-inc.org