Nearly half the adult population in America have high blood pressure, some may not even know they have it. Blood pressure is the pressure of circulating blood against the walls of blood vessels. Having high blood pressure can reduce the flow of blood to your heart, forcing your heart to work harder in order to pump enough blood. Tracking your blood pressure daily can help you identify your risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, better understand your overall health, and lower your healthcare cost.
You can go to your local pharmacy or doctor to check your blood pressure level. In addition, you can get a blood pressure monitoring device to check at home with proper training. When reading your blood pressure, you can use the figure below for reference. If you struggle with or have developed high blood pressure, try changing your lifestyle habits! Habits are a large part of our everyday lives and the decisions we make can affect our health.
Chronic diseases — such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, and heart disease — are the leading causes of death and disability. The United States spends $4 trillion (around $12,000 per person) annually on healthcare, and more than 75% went to treating the rising prevalence of chronic diseases. Fortunately, Harvard School of Public Health, and Stanford Center on Longevity’s evidence-based research proved that building healthy lifestyle habits can prevent chronic disease, extend longevity, and improve quality of life.
The Liu Charitable Foundation thus devoted the charitable Lively Habits App and a series of Lively Habits Video intended to educate, motivate, and condition personal behavior change by integrating 10 evidence-based lifestyle habits to benefit public health for a low-cost and low-maintenance healthy life. Download the Lively Habits app to help you keep track of your 10 healthy lifestyle habits. Go Lively!