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GCMH class offers help for high blood pressure

May 17, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER - A new class focused on controlling high blood pressure will be offered by the Grundy County Memorial Hospital on June 15th. The class is the first in a series of free education events at the hospital that teach people how changes in cooking and eating habits can improve chronic health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes.

It's estimated that 29% of adults in this country have high blood pressure, says GCMH dietitian Wendy Brewer, RDN, LD. High blood pressure is linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease, so controlling it is especially important, Brewer says. Only about half (52%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control and another 1 in 3 American adults has prehypertension, added Brewer.

'Just What the Doctor Ordered Nutrition for High Blood Pressure' will be held on Monday, June 15 at 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. "Our class session will focus on simple lifestyle changes at the grocery store, in the kitchen, and at your dinner table that are proven to lower blood pressure," says Brewer. Sign up for the class by phoning or emailing Brewer at 319-824-4127 or There is no charge for the class, which is made possible with a Community Health Grant from the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The high blood pressure class will be followed by a course for pre-diabetes and diabetes on July 20, and a class that focuses on controlling high cholesterol on August 17. Classes are held in the hospital's Education Room. GCMH is located at 201 East J Avenue in Grundy Center. Use Entrance #3 on the hospital's west side. Information about other hospital health education opportunities may be found at



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