Wausau Now Offers Free Blood Pressure Screenings

There are free blood pressure screenings being offered in Wausau by United Way RSVP.

The Free Blood Pressure Screening is provided at 11 regular sites monthly throughout the community which include Wausau, Edgar and Marathon.

The sites are located at nonprofit agencies such as Neighbor’s Place and Salvation Army, at local churches and at senior living apartments. All sites are open to the public.

In addition, the free blood pressure screening and education is provided at health fairs and other events in the community. You can find a complete list of times and location online.

In September 2012, the Center for Disease Control characterized hypertension as public health enemy No.2. “There is nothing that will save more lives than getting blood pressure under control,” according to CDC Director Thomas Frieden.

He also reports that hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States resulting in nearly 1,000 deaths daily and a direct cost of almost $141 billion annually.

In response to this public health issue, United Way RSVP provides a free blood pressure screening and education program to help people know what their blood pressure is, learn about hypertension and provides free educational materials.

Registered nurses who are volunteers through the United Way RSVP program provide the free blood pressure checks and education.

In 2012, the program provided screening checks and education to over 1,000 people, thanks to the service by RSVP volunteer nurses. At the core of this program are the dedicated volunteer nurses who make this service possible in our community.

They are trying to expand the program to more locations, but are in need of more volunteer nurses to do it. If you’re a registered nurse and interested in being part of this community program, or want to know more about the program and sites - call 211.