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December 14, 2017
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
Blood Pressure and Beauty Salons
(2007-03-15)
(wfcr) - Blood pressure monitors are being mixed in with scissors and hair dryers in Springfield, Massachusetts. Shirley Jackson Whitaker, a local doctor is trying to raise blood pressure awareness in African American communities. Whitaker says statistically African Americans are more likely to have the problems associated with high blood pressure, like strokes and heart attacks. She says salons and barber shops are ideal places to get the word out.

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Whitaker is launching the program with the help of the American Heart Association at ten salons in Springfield. She's asking medical suppliers to donate some monitors which cost fifty dollars each. And she's trying to raise additional money through fraternities and sororities. Her goal is to have 2007 people to get their blood pressure checked in 2007.
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