Half Of CHA Seniors Saw Blood Pressure Drop Through Monitoring Program

The 12-week program worked with CHA seniors to help them improve their blood pressure.

The 12-week program worked with CHA seniors to help them improve their blood pressure.

BRONZEVILLE — A blood pressure monitoring program for Chicago Housing Seniors wraps up Friday with an event to celebrate the seniors' improving health as well as demonstrations and testimonials on how others can get healthy.

CHA seniors have been participating in the "Check, Change, Control" 12-week program sponsored by the American Heart Association. The program that taught them how to manage their blood pressure.

Half of the 2017 class was successful in reducing their blood pressure.

There has been a 5 percent reduction in the risk of both heart disease and stroke mortality in those CHA seniors who have participated in the program, organizers said.

"That is comparable to the entire American Heart Association’s Midwest Affiliates’ programs," organizers said in a written statement.

Over the course of five years, 300 CHA senior seniors have completed the four-month program.

The celebration will take place from 11 a.m -2 p.m. Friday at the Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S. Wabash Ave. There will be information on how to eat and exercise to improve blood pressure along with cooking demonstrations.