*Grammy®-winning sensation Yolanda Adams is bringing her Yolanda Adams Health & Lifestyle Tour to New York’s Circle of Sisters event, presented by WBLS Radio.

The tour is traveling across the country to raise awareness of hypertension in the African American community.

Yolanda is the national spokesperson for Believe in Healthy BPThe Believe in Healthy BP program is designed to raise awareness about a serious health epidemic contributing to the loss of thousands of African American lives each year—high blood pressure.1

Free Blood Pressure Screenings and Interactive Exhibit are Featured Highlights of the 2011 Yolanda Adams Health & Lifestyle Tour at The Circle of Sisters Event

 Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9 from 9:30 AM – 5 PM

As part of the Believe in Healthy BP program, FREE blood pressure screenings and educational materials—including a Doctor Discussion Guide and Blood Pressure Log—will be offered at the event. An interactive exhibit, featuring a walk-through, simulated blood vessel, will also be on display and open to the public.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious chronic condition affecting   approximately 76 million adults in the United States. Although anyone is susceptible to high blood pressure, certain ethnic groups are more likely to have the condition than others, including African Americans. Here are the facts:

  • - An estimated 38% of African American adults in New York have high blood pressure. An estimated 29% of the total population in New York has the condition.
  • - African Americans with high blood pressure have an 80% greater rate of death from a stroke and a 50% greater rate of death from heart disease than the general population.
  • - African Americans with high blood pressure are four times more likely to have severe kidney damage.
  • - Most African Americans will need to start on at least two medications in order to successfully lower their blood pressure, and approximately 40% of those who are taking medication for high blood pressure do not have it properly managed.

Believe in Healthy BP is sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

More information about the program is available at www.believeinhealthybp.com