Free checks for Stroke Week

Dunedin City Council strategy and governance general manager Sandy Graham has her blood pressure...
Dunedin City Council strategy and governance general manager Sandy Graham has her blood pressure taken by Dunedin Public Hospital nurse Abigail Dube at the council cafeteria yesterday as part of the council’s annual visit by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand is taking the pulse of Otago to promote good health this week.

As part of national "Stroke Week", the foundation is encouraging New Zealanders to visit one of 200 testing stations scattered throughout the country.

The organisation hoped 20,000 people would visit for free public checks  between 10am and 2pm tomorrow, the foundation said in a media release.

Yesterday, foundation community stroke adviser Judith Hyslop, nurses from Dunedin Hospital and volunteers visited the Dunedin City Council, where staff lined up to have their blood pressure checked.

The tests started at 9am and there was soon a queue of council staff waiting to be checked.

Among them was council strategy and governance general manager Sandy Graham, who said she had an annual check as well as ensuring she had plenty of sleep and exercise.

She also tried to limit her caffeine and alcohol intake.

"I try," she said, laughing.

Ms Graham said the foundation’s initiative was a great opportunity for staff to ensure they remained in good health.

After having her check, Ms Graham said, "it was fun."

Her blood pressure was far better than she thought it would be, she said.

"It was normal."

- Julie Howard

 

Blood pressure check
Tomorrow, 10am-2pm

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Four Square Port Chalmers

Pak’n Save Dunedin

New World Gardens

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OTAGO

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Four Square Milton

Four Square Lawrence

Four Square Kurow

New World Balclutha

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