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Lake County Fire Rescue Division partners with community-based organization to promote free blood pressure checks

RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2009

CLERMONT — The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division, is proud to announce a new partnership with Project Pressure, a community-based organization committed to bettering the health of Central Florida residents, that offers free blood pressure checks are available daily at Lake County Fire Rescue fire stations.

On Wednesday, March 4, from 3 to 6 p.m., Lake County Fire Station 112, located at 16240 County Road 474, Clermont, will host a “Project Pressure Party” to raise awareness of the importance of knowing your blood pressure numbers. The Project Pressure team will be on hand to take blood pressure and provide information, giveaways and food.

“If you have high blood pressure, checking your numbers regularly and making sure they are under control can save your life,” said Jack Fillman, Assistant Fire Chief – Administration for Lake County Fire Rescue.

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as it circulates and the force of the arteries as they resist the blood flow. Relaxed blood vessels allow blood to flow freely through the body. High blood pressure can be dangerous because it forces the heart to work too hard. The higher the blood pressure someone has, the higher risk he or she is of having a heart attack.

In addition to Project Pressure parties to encourage the community to get blood pressure checks, Project Pressure is also promoting Lake County fire stations as places where citizens can get their blood pressure checked regularly. Project Pressure banners were recently installed outside of Lake County’s 20 fire stations.

For more information about blood pressure checks at Lake County fire stations, call the Lake County Department of Public Safety at (352) 343-9458. For more information about Project Pressure and upcoming fire station blood pressure parties, log on to www.projectpressure.com.

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