New program launched to combat heart disease

ERIE, Pa. -- Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Erie County and on Monday, health officials launched a program to combat the problem.

Local organizations are partnering to bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases, but they're taking it a step further by offering heath screening and education.

The American Heart Association launched a new program on Monday called Check. Change. Control. The announcement was made before a crowd in the downtown YMCA.
With six people dying each day in Erie from cardiovascular diseases, the organization plans to enroll up to 150 members of the community for a four-month long project.
Participants will visit one of nine locations in Erie County, including the downtown YMCA, to have blood pressure screenings twice a month.
The individuals will receive counseling, education and additional resources.
The Erie Community Foundation contributed a $15,000 grant for the project while LECOM will support the effort with 50 student and faculty volunteers.

"We have a lot of work to do,” Gina Klofft of the American Heart Association said. “And it's programs like Check. Change. Control that helps us raise awareness and save lives, because folks quite frankly could have high blood pressure and not even know it."

The America Heart Association is actively enrolling for the program.

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Locations participating Check. Change. Control. program

Corry Memorial Hospital
965 Shamrock Ln, Corry

Erie LifeWorks
406 Peach St, Erie

Friendship Baptist Church
1534 E 26th St, Erie

Gaudenzia Erie
414 W 5th St, Erie

LECOM Dental School
1858 W Grandview Blvd, Erie

Liberty House
550 W 7th St, Erie

Neighborhood Resources Organization
509 E 26th St, Erie

Waterford Family Practice/Medical Associates
218 E 3rd St, Waterford

Downtown YMCA
31 W 10th St

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