LRGH: World Health Day Points to Importance of Health Education 251

LACONIA — With the approaching observance of World Health Day this Sunday, LRGHealthcare is reminding members of the public that it offers many different classes and wellness programs which promote healthy living.
World Health Day is celebrated every April 7 to mark the anniversay of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. The public health concern that is thefocus of this year's observance is high blood pressure. The goal of World Health Day 2013 is to reduce heart attacks and strokes.
High blood pressure — also known as hypertension — increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure. More than 1 in 3 adults worldwide has high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is both preventable and treatable, LRGH health educators note. The risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by reducing salt intake, eating a balanced diet, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, maintaining a healthy body weight, and avoiding tobacco use
LRGHealthcare Education Services offers ways people can learn about a variety of health topics including important women's health issues, injury prevention, smoking cessation and nutrition and physical activity opportunities for people of all ages, free of charge or at minimal cost. More information about the classes and programs is available at to and click on Community Education. Those who wish to register for classes can call LRGH Education Services at 527-7120.