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Hypertension or High Blood Pressure increases your risk of dangerous health conditions, like heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity might lower your risk for developing hypertension.

During National High Blood Pressure Education Month in May, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is challenging Americans to participate in a national pledge to #MoveWithHeart to help reduce their risk of high blood pressure. Pledge your support and commitment by posting a photo or uploading a video of yourself being physically active and using the hashtag. 

Only about 22 percent of adults meet the federal government’s physical activity guidelines. Spending just 2 1/2 hours per week doing physical activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless can have significant heart health benefits. A benefit includes lowering your risk of high blood pressure. Get creative by demonstrating your favorite physical activity in your pledge. Challenge your friends, family and colleagues on social media to pledge too.

Share on Twitter or Instagram using #MoveWithHeart.

In addition to the pledge, the NHLBI has a variety of educational resources that can be used to learn more about being active and lowering your risk of high blood pressure. Find social media resources, including graphics and pre-written posts for Facebook and Twitter, fact sheets, and a Move With Heart video external link.