Passport partners with American Heart Association to help people control their high blood pressure

Go Red for Women LogoAbout 1 in 3 Americans live with high blood pressure, which comes to nearly 80 million people. Of those with high blood pressure, about half do not have it controlled, which increases risks for stroke and heart attack.

If you or someone you know has high blood pressure, don’t panic – the American Heart Association and Passport Health Plan are here to help. Between American Heart Month (February) and American Stroke Month (May), we will be cohosting a series of Facebook Live sessions – hosted by Charla Young – where you can learn all about the ways to live a heart-healthy lifestyle through the “Check. Change. Control.” program.

The first session, “Understanding Blood Pressure is Why,” will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31. Additional sessions will occur in March (“Eat Better”), April (“Get Active”), and May (“Lose Weight”) at dates still to be determined.

Participants will learn valuable information and then be asked to report 2 blood pressure screenings each month through the American Heart Association’s online tracker.

To take part in these sessions, click here to join the Facebook “Power to Exhale” group, hosted by Charla, or send an email to Jane Merman of the American Heart Association at