Precious Green remembers when her blood pressure skyrocketed making her nauseous and tired. “I just did not feel well,” she recalls.
Precious is not alone. One in three Americans has high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association, with almost one in two victims in the African American population.
That is why OASIS and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis have kicked off Get Pumped! with the support of AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation's Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM.
Targeting nine at-risk zip codes in North County and North City St. Louis, the program offers free community-based health screenings, exercise classes and disease management workshops.
What does success from getting pumped look and feel like? Precious has not only changed how she cooks and eats, which accounts for a 65-pound weight loss, she is also sharing her God given talent of dance. In short order, she has become a favorite OASIS instructor with her “Slide n’ Sweat” class. “The Lord has opened doors for me and shown me how to live a healthier and blessed life!”
For more information about the program, call 314-862-2933, ext. 246.
Dana Klassen has been in marketing and public relations for more than three decades. She has served clients in multiple industries, including engineering, senior care, financial education, the arts and retail. She is mission driven and has a passion for writing. More importantly, Dana loves to hear people's stories and then share them with the world.