1 Today is DIPG Awareness Day in Massachusetts. Governor Charlie Baker declared the day in honor of the late Devin Suau. City of Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky delivered the proclamation to Christine Soutter, Devin’s mom.
2. Today is also World Hypertension Day.
World Hypertension Day is observed every May 17th to raise awareness and promote hypertension prevention, detection and control. High blood pressure is the main risk factor to develop cardiovascular disease.
From the World Health Organization:
- Hypertension ̶ or elevated blood pressure ̶ is a serious medical condition that significantly increases the risks of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases.
- An estimated 1.28 billion adults aged 30-79 years worldwide have hypertension, most (two-thirds) living in low- and middle-income countries
- An estimated 46% of adults with hypertension are unaware that they have the condition.
- Less than half of adults (42%) with hypertension are diagnosed and treated.
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults (21%) with hypertension have it under control.
To achieve the global target to reduce the prevalence of hypertension by 25% by 2025, WHO and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Global Hearts Initiative in 2016. With its five technical packages – HEARTS (manage cardiovascular diseases), MPOWER (control tobacco), Active (increase physical activity), SHAKE (reduce salt consumption) and REPLACE (eliminate trans fat) – the Initiative aims to improve heart health worldwide. The HEARTS technical package itself gives guidance on more effectively detecting and treating people with hypertension in primary health care.
4. There is no City Council meeting tonight.
The Framingham Public Library – Fiscal Management Subcommittee will meet today at 3 p.m.
5. FLYERS IN ACTION:
- Framingham High boys tennis travels to Waltham for a match
- Framingham High girls tennis hosts Waltham High at 3:45 p.m. at Bowditch courts at 3:45 p.m.
- Boys lacrosse is on the road for a 4 p.m. game against Wellesley High
- Girls lacrosse hosts Wellesley High at 4 p.m. at Phil Read Field at Framingham High
- Boys volleyball at Braintree High at 4:15 p.m.