Feature of the Month: March 2017

Should I Check My Blood Pressure?


Follow your medical provider's instructions for when and how often to check your blood pressure, but definitely have it checked. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. One in three American adults has high blood pressure and children can develop it too.

Keep in mind that certain factors can cause blood pressure to temporarily rise. These factors include: stress, smoking, cold temperatures, exercise, caffeine and certain drugs. Avoid any of these factors that you can when taking your blood pressure. Also try measuring blood pressure at about the same time each day.

When taking your blood pressure also consider the following tips.

  • Find a quiet place and rest in a chair next to a table for 5-10 minutes.
  • If possible, use your left arm, and rest it comfortably on a table at heart level.
  • Roll up the sleeve on your left arm or remove any tight-sleeved clothing, if needed
  • Sit up straight with your back against the chair, legs uncrossed. Crossing legs and slouching may increase blood pressure.
  • Rest your forearm on the table with the palm of your hand facing up.

Remember to discuss your blood pressure with your provider.

Sources: American Heart Association and WebMD



Meditation is an experience of relaxing the body, quieting the mind, and awakening the spirit. If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. Anyone can practice meditation. If you are interested in learning more, contact Health Educator/Health Coach Jen Thomas, WMHS Community Health & Wellness, to schedule an interactive mini-workshop where you will learn about the vast benefits, explore and try some basic techniques, and wind it all down with a special chocolate meditation. Call 240-964-8417 or jmthomas@wmhs.com


Support is available at all levels:

Free Health and Wellness Coaching
Meet with a Certified Health & Wellness coach to move beyond your barriers to identifying your unique needs and goals. For more information, call Carey Moffatt at 240-964-8418.

Change to Win - Nutrition and Weight Loss Program
Non-diet nutrition and weight loss classes meeting once weekly. Call Theresa Stahl, RDN, LDN, Outpatient Community Dietitian, at 240-964-8416 for more information.

Center for Clinical Resources
If you have diabetes, the team at the WMHS Center for Clinical Resources can be your partner in keeping diabetes under control and living life to the fullest. The team can show you how to monitor your blood sugar, teach you how to make dietary and lifestyle changes to control your diabetes, help manage your medication, and provide encouragement and motivation along the way. For more information about what the team can do for you, talk with your primary care provider or call the Center at 240-964-8787.

Free Diabetes Support Group
Come share your experience and learn tips for managing the disease. Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the WMRMC auditorium. For more information, call Lori Shaulis at 240-964-8789.

What's your Blood Pressure?
Free Blood Pressure Checks are available

- Outside the Cafeteria WMRMC
1st Pay Day Thursday of Month 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

For other options, call WMHS Community Health & Wellness at 240-964-8424.