Berkeley College Helps Raise Awareness for High Blood Pressure and Healthy Living with the Newark Public Library

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Berkeley College is partnering with the Newark Public Library to host health fairs in honor of National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Organized by the Berkeley College Library, faculty and students enrolled in the Berkeley College School of Health Studies program will provide free blood pressure screenings to the Newark Public Library’s visitors on May 1 and 10, 2017. Whole Foods Market will provide visitors with healthy snacks on both days.

Nearly one-third of U.S. adults are affected by high blood pressure, while 30.9 percent of adults in New Jersey report being told by a health professional that they have high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National High Blood Pressure Education Month, held annually in May, aims to raise awareness about the risks pertaining to the disorder, and promote healthy practices to decrease high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

“Hypertension has a direct link to lifestyle. Having blood pressure screenings regularly, as well as regularly exercise and maintaining a healthy diet, help in early detection and prevention of this disease,” said Gabriel Holder, MD, Chair, Medical Assistant Program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies. “Among the things we teach students at Berkeley College is the importance of disease prevention and community service, and this event is a great combination of both.”

Both health fairs will take place in the main lobby of the Newark Public Library, located at 5 Washington Street. The first event on May 1 is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and the second event on May 10 will be from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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