Weekly Feature

2018-02-07 / Business

Auto bureau to offer blood pressure screenings

As part of American Heart Month in February, the Erie County Clerk’s Office and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo have joined to offer free blood pressure screenings at auto bureaus in the county.

According to County Clerk Mickey Kearns, the goal of the Heart Healthy Auto Bureau Blood Pressure Screening is to go into a nontraditional setting such as a busy auto bureau office to promote healthier lives and help prevent heart disease and stroke in the community.

Kearns said the concept of being able to receive a mini health checkup while stopping by a local auto bureau is nontraditional and unique, which is why he thinks it will be useful.

“The ways in which members of our community receive health care information are changing,” he said. “We must be pervasive and expose people to health information where they would not, typically, be exposed to it.”

Upcoming screenings will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, and Thursday, Feb. 8, at Eastern Hills Mall, located at Main Street and Transit Road.

The county clerk added that as a point in the community where a high number of people regularly visit, the auto bureaus are key places to start the heart health initiative.

“Our goal as one of the largest hospitals serving the Buffalo region and a partner in this Healthy Heart Auto Bureau Blood Pressure Screening program is to help make our community healthier by reducing the prevalence of heart disease and stroke,” said C.J. Urlaub, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital.

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