World Health Day 2013: Control your blood pressure
There are many ways to get involved in World Health Day. Here are some ideas.
Know your blood pressure
- Visit your doctor or local clinic to have your blood pressure measured.
- Follow the advice of your doctor or health professional.
- If necessary, take immediate steps to lower your risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Talk to close family and friends to help make them aware of how important it is to know and control your blood pressure.
Join in local activities
- Find out what activities are going on in your local area to celebrate World Health Day and join in.
Ministries of health and health authorities
- Organize special clinics to measure blood pressure and provide information on the related health risks.
- Distribute posters and leaflets about high blood pressure and its consequences to health centres, universities, colleges, and secondary schools.
- Write articles about high blood pressure and its consequences in your country.
- Interview health experts about measures that are being taken at local/national level to reduce high blood pressure in the community.
- Profile individuals in your community who have recovered from a health setback related to high blood pressure, and are now living healthier lives.
- Join forces to inform your constituents about the global extent of high blood pressure and its complications, and encourage country activities through your members.
- Host discussion groups in your community about the steps people can take to lower their risk of developing high blood pressure, and let them know what services are available.
Social media: share your experience
Join WHO in getting the word out through social media channels.
As we get closer to World Health Day, we will be linking to campaign materials through our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WorldHealthOrganization?v=wall, our YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/who and Google+ https://plus.google.com/+who#+who/posts.
Let us know how you will be involved.
Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/who. Look out for the hashtag #CutRisks. Follow our tweets and retweet those of interest to your own networks.
Mobilize action with events close to home
There is much you can do this World Health Day to generate engagement, raise awareness and stimulate action to confront the problem of high blood pressure.
For events you are organizing, keep in mind that they should:
- attract and involve your key stakeholders;
- communicate clear messages and call(s) to action;
- include a “story” or “angle” that interests media, and include spokespeople journalists can talk to.
Typically, WHO hosts a roundtable panel discussion bringing together country representatives, clinical experts, UN partner agencies and civil society to share experiences and discuss solutions.
In WHO offices across the world, we also often organize less formal activities to engage WHO staff and other partners. Examples of such activities are art displays, interactive demonstrations and concerts.