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Renton Heart Month 2011 Gets to the Heart of the Matter

March 16, 2011

For more information contact:
Captain Greg Hartman
, Fire & Emergency Services 425-430-7028
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Campaign Provides Over 7,000 Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Screenings to Residents

Renton, WA: At the Renton City Council meeting on Monday, March 14, 2011, the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department provided an update on Renton Heart Month 2011, an annual citywide campaign. This year’s campaign proved to be one of the most successful in the number of people reached with heart healthy information. Firefighters provided over 7,000 screenings and from those identified 860 individuals with high blood pressure and over 200 with high blood sugar readings. Both are serious conditions that if left untreated greatly increase a person’s chances of having a heart attack or stroke or developing diabetes.

The campaign was spearheaded by the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department. During the entire month of February firefighters were out in the community providing free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings when they weren’t responding to emergency calls. Collectively they were able to increase the number of people contacted during the month by almost 60% over last year’s efforts.

“The fire department is dedicated to this program because we know it works,” said Mark Peterson, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator. “Once people know they are at risk, they can work with their physician and get started reducing their risk and start living a more heart healthy life style.”

While the city is the driving force behind Renton Heart Month, it relies on strong community support to be truly successful. The city appreciates all the local businesses who gave firefighters the opportunity and the space to provide the free screenings. This year, the city also partnered with Valley Medical Center, which embraced Heart Month this year by hosting a Red Dress Fashion Show and Tea at the Tea Palace in Renton. Over 250 women attended this fun and informative event and had the opportunity to receive free screenings while enjoying heart healthy snacks and learning more about women’s heart health issues.

The Renton Senior Activity Center provided numerous occasions for screenings to community members and also hosted several educational workshops such as the importance of exercise and diet for good heart health and how to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

For more information on Renton Heart Month or to learn more about the prevention of heart disease, call 425-430-7000.