City Hall was filled with activities this afternoon as city officials, employees and passers-by alike stopped at the Love Your Heart screening booth to join the heart health movement. San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Councilmember Marti Emerald from the City of San Diego both stopped to have their blood pressure screened during the event. Volunteers from the City's Fire-Rescue Department were on hand to take blood pressures and estimated about 60 people stopped by during the two hour window.
Many City of San Diego employees who were headed to or coming back from lunch took the time to stop and know their numbers.
"Getting your blood pressure checked is absolutely important because you need to know where you stand," said Bill Harris. “You need to have that baseline measurement if you've never done it before, and it's good to know where you are."
"I got my blood pressure checked because it's good for me to know to be healthy," said Tracy Mangum. “My parents have had high blood pressure before, so it's good for me to have it checked."
"It was a great turnout," said Maureen O'Connor, Love Your Heart medical volunteer. "Some people were a little surprised to realize what their numbers were today. But it's a good thing because it encourages them to look further into their health. Hopefully that will lead them to learn about things that will help them lower or prevent high blood pressure going forward."
San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts
Maureen O'Conner with Bill Harris
Lynda Pfeifer participates in Love Your Heart
City of San Diego Councilmember Marti Emerald
Tracy Mangum getting her blood pressure checked