For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Zandra Lee, PIO, Public Health, (510) 981-5356

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DROP-IN CLINIC OBSERVES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
All Residents Invited to Celebrate

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, April 30, 2008) - After a year of successful service to the community, the High Blood Pressure Drop-In Clinic is still running strong, and invites residents to attend its one-year anniversary celebration.

WHAT: Free food, free giveaways, and free blood pressure screenings to celebrate the year anniversary of the High Blood Pressure Drop-In Clinic

WHEN: Thursday May 8, 2008 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Over 60 Health Center, 3260 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA.

Food, free blood pressure testing, and giveaways will be offered at the event as well.  Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Council Members Max Anderson and Darryl Moore will be present and will share a few words.

"I didn't know what the numbers meant or the importance of them when I first start coming to the clinic, but now I know the importance of keeping my blood pressure in the normal range," said a patient who frequents the clinic.  "I look forward to coming to the clinic every Thursday!"

The clinic is a result of a partnership between City of Berkeley Division of Public Health, Lifelong Medical Care and The South and West Berkeley Health Forum. The free clinic was started to address the prevalence of heart disease among South and West Berkeley residents and to reduce deaths due to undetected and untreated high blood pressure. 

The Berkeley High Blood Pressure Drop-In Clinic is open to:

WHO: All City of Berkeley residents with or without health insurance

WHAT:  Free blood pressure testing and free health education on how to lower high blood

             pressure

WHEN: Every Thursday from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

WHERE: Lifelong Medical Over 60 Health Center, 3260 Sacramento Street

For questions or special accommodations to the event, please contact Michelle Irving at mirving@ci.berkeley.ca.us or 510-981-7712or Tanya Moore at tmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us or 510-981-5351.

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