High Blood Pressure: A State of Emergency
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- Published: Monday, 16 September 2013 22:04
- Written by Roger Caldwell
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For Immediate Release
September 9, 2013
Orlando Documentary Raises High Blood Pressure Awareness
On Point Media Group and My Christian Films is collaborating on an Orlando documentary that highlights prominent, local citizens who are recovering stroke survivors. The documentary “High Blood Pressure: A State of Emergency in the African-American Community” reveals strokes as a “Silent Killer” and urges the community toward a new paradigm of prevention.
“In the African-American community, one out of every two adults has high blood pressure, and this is a huge health crisis,” says Roger Caldwell, Owner of On Point Media. “The medical profession has no definitive answer or explanation why the numbers are so high, yet we believe where strokes are 80 percent preventable.”
The goal of the documentary is to initiate a lifestyle transformation within our communities, heighten the awareness of high blood pressure, and encourage those at risk to visit their doctors and become proactive about their health, states Caldwell.
To kick-off filming of the documentary, a premier fundraising event will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Saturday, September 21, at Draft’s located at 301/333 W. Church S, Orlando. The public is invited to come out and listen to stories of survival from prominent community members. The free event also includes live music and Hors D’ Oeuvres.
Prominent Orlando and Central Florida African Americans who have agreed to participate in the project include: nationally renowned Jazz singer Jacqueline Jones; Ex-President Orange County Branch of NAACP, and Founder of New Covenant Baptist Church, Rev. Randolph Bracy; Political Activist and Jones High Supporter/Graduate Barbara Young; Hebni Nutrition Inc.; and Members of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.
“All around the Orlando area, there are miraculous stroke and hypertension stories that need to be shared and told, and this documentary will shed much needed light on relatable stories of hope within Central Florida communities,” says Caldwell. “Hypertension and high blood pressure will continue to destroy the health of the African-American community until there is a consensus to change. We aim to begin the movement toward real change – starting in our own Orlando and Central Florida communities.”