Washoe County Library and the American Heart Association Partner to Promote Libraries with Heart Program in Washoe County

by | Mar 27, 2024

Washoe County Library is partnering with the American Heart Association to promote heart health by bringing self-monitored blood pressure kits to the library system. The Libraries with Heart program will provide access to blood pressure cuffs for patrons to measure blood pressure at home. The program is made possible through collaboration and support from Washoe County Library and the Gene and Betty Kopfhammer Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada.

Starting Monday, April 1, blood pressure kits will be available for check out at nine Washoe County Library locations. Participating libraries include the Downtown Reno, Incline Village, North Valleys, Northwest Reno, Senior Center, Sierra View, South Valleys, Spanish Springs, and Sparks Libraries.

Each kit contains a blood pressure cuff, instructions on how to properly take blood pressure readings, a log to record measurements, and handouts about managing blood pressure.

“Early intervention is the best way to head off health issues,” Library Director Jeff Scott said. “While heart rate monitors are plentiful with devices and apps, blood pressure monitoring can provide critical details for your health. I am happy we can provide these essential health tools to our community.”

The Libraries with Heart kits are available to anyone with a Washoe County Library card. Residents of Washoe County can sign up for a free card online or in person at any library location.

Visit washoecountylibrary.us or contact your local Washoe County Library location for additional information. To learn more about high blood pressure and hypertension prevention, visit heart.org.