1 Set Goals

Do you want to make your worksite healthier? Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care can help your employees manage their blood pressure and live healthier lives.

Before implementing Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care, work with your team to establish goals to help ensure that the program will make a measurable impact on employee health and to help evaluate the overall success of the program.

Recruitment Goals

Your recruitment goals will depend on several factors including the number of employees, available resources, and employees’ health status.

  • Recruiting Participants: Recruiting 5% to 10% of employees is a good starting point, but you may be more or less aggressive to better fit your organization’s needs. Any employee can participate, including those who are pre-hypertensive (120-139/80-89 mm Hg), hypertensive (140/90 mm Hg or higher), and those who have normal blood pressure (less than 120/80 mm Hg) and simply want to track their blood pressure over time.
  • Recruiting Community Partners: The success of Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care depends on meaningful engagement with community partners. Try to partner with at least one organization that can help your participants reach their goals, such as a local healthcare clinic, faith-based organization, or retail pharmacy. 
  • Recruiting Volunteer Health Mentors: Engaging at least one Volunteer Health Mentor who can connect with participants in person, via email or by phone at least twice a month is ideal. Anyone in your organization who is passionate about the program can be a mentor. Mentors support accountability, including helping participants set goals and reminding them to check their blood pressure.

Blood Pressure Management Goals

By encouraging participants to measure their blood pressure at least eight times over the course of four consecutive months, taking needed medications as prescribed and making lifestyle changes with support from Volunteer Health Mentors and community partners, your employees should successfully decrease their blood pressure. The AHA’s goal is to have at least 65% of participants to control their blood pressure. You can adjust your registration goal to fit your organization’s needs, but aiming for at least 50% of your participants to have their blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg after four months is ideal.

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HELPFUL RESOURCES:
Goal Tracker (PDF)
Understanding and Managing High Blood Pressure Patient Guide (PDF)
High Blood Pressure Information