Akron barbershops, beauty shops provide blood pressure education

Over 150,000 people in the Greater Akron area currently suffer from high blood pressure.

AKRON, Ohio — According to the American Heart Association (AHA), nearly half of American adults are unaware that they are living with high blood pressure.

Because of this, the AHA and Summa Health have partnered up with 15 Akron-area barber shops, beauty shops and faith-based organizations to provide free blood pressure education through the month of October.

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According a press release from the AHA, more than 150,000 people are currently suffering from high blood pressure – enough to fill the Cleveland Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium over two times. 

“The American Heart Association is focused on four health pillars: Tobacco and e-cigarettes, food security and nutrition, women & children’s health and hypertension and blood pressure control, all in an effort to fight against heart disease and stroke,” said Tracy Behnke, Executive Director

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LifeBridge Health Partners with Live Chair Health to Offer Coronavirus Support And Expansion of Barbershop Health Screening Program

A haircut, a shave and a screening for COVID-19. A new partnership between LifeBridge Health and Live Chair Health will expand the program’s innovative health screening initiative to more Baltimore-area barbers, while also providing COVID-19 support in the form of PPE (personal protective equipment), screening tools, education and resources for barbershop clients who think they may have had been exposed to the Coronavirus.

The partnership builds on Live Chair Health’s successful program working with local barbers to screen patrons for high blood pressure, BMI (body mass index) and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Program founders recognized that the trust, friendship and camaraderie of the barbershop could be a vehicle for conversations around health concerns, which many men are reluctant to discuss.

“Live Chair Health understands the special bond men

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