Let’s knock high blood pressure out for six – Our Somerset and Somerset County Cricket Ground launch campaign video ahead of testing blood pressure at Somerset Cricket Ground 17 – 19 May

Somerset County Cricket Club players and staff star in a Take the Pressure off video to encourage people in Somerset to get their blood pressure tested as part of an innovative partnership between Our Somerset and Somerset County Cricket Club.

The video shows players and staff being tested before players give out six top tips to help manage your blood pressure;

  1. Keep physically active
  2. Maintain a healthy body weight
  3. Minimise your alcohol intake
  4. Have a low salt intake
  5. Get help to stop smoking
  6. Take any medications prescribed

Professor Trudi Grant, Executive Director of Public and Population Health for Somerset Council and NHS Somerset says “We are delighted to partner with Somerset Cricket Ground to help visitors to the ground get their blood pressure tested and understand more about the risks of high blood pressure.

“Over half of all strokes and heart attacks in Somerset are caused by high blood pressure. Known as the silent killer, high blood pressure is quick and simple to diagnose. Getting tested could save your life.

“Many people will have no symptoms with high blood pressure often termed as the ‘silent killer’. But it can lead to serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems if left unchecked. The “Take the Pressure Off” campaign is designed to encourage residents, particularly those aged 40+, to regularly check their blood pressure and take necessary steps towards managing their health.

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Jason Kerr, Head Coach at Somerset County Cricket Club says:

“Maintaining peak physical condition is essential for our players’ performance. We take preventive measures like monitoring your blood pressure very seriously. Initiatives like ‘Take the Pressure Off’ are fantastic for promoting community well-being, and we’re proud to participate during our pre-season activities.

“With around 3 in 10 adults in Somerset having high blood pressure but 1 in 10 not knowing they have it, wewere delighted to take part in the video as part of our partnership with Our Somerset to help spread awareness of how easy it is to get your blood pressure checked”.

Find out more

  • You can watch the video on YouTube here
  • If you are coming along to Somerset Cricket Ground this weekend you can get your blood pressure tested and find out more about high blood pressure at The Stragglers Café between 10 am – 2pm.
  • You can also get your blood pressure checked at your local community pharmacy and borrow blood pressure monitors from your local library.

Take the Pressure off is a Somerset campaign delivered by NHS Somerset and Somerset Council.