Chicago Hypertension Initiative: Get To Goal

Updated:May 10,2013

Get To Goal LogoHeart360 Get To Goal
Heart360® is an online tool of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association which helps you track and manage your heart health and provides helpful advice and information. Just enter your health information like blood pressure in an easy-to-use tool, and your records will be safely and securely stored in Microsoft® HealthVault™.

Sometimes what you don’t know can kill you, but putting knowledge into action can save your life!  And high blood pressure, often called the silent killer, is the kind of condition that greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, especially when it goes unmanaged.  Its impact is far reaching too, affecting about 70 million Americans and the rates of high blood pressure are significantly higher in African Americans.

Why are we doing this?
Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people, but African Americans are at particularly high risk.
Consider this:

The Get To Goal Commitment
Get To Goal has been designed to help you get on track with blood pressure management.  We will provide you a Volunteer Health Mentor to assist you with entering and tracking your bi-monthly blood pressure readings. 

Follow these few, simple steps to participate in the Heart 360 Get To Goal program:
  1. Sign up for the American Heart Association’s Heart360 online tool:
  2. Enter and track your blood pressure readings bi-monthly and share those readings with your Volunteer Health Mentor
  3. Commit to monitoring your blood pressure and uploading at least two readings each month for a minimum of four consecutive months (January 2013- June 2013). 

About High Blood Pressure

  • African Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to whites.
  • African Americans have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites.
  • The prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the U.S. is the highest in the world.
  • Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 62.9% of men and 77.2% of women are overweight or obese.
  • African American women have higher prevalence rates of high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes than white women.

More about  High Blood Pressure and African Americans

 Resources and Tools for Get To Goal Participants 
Chicago African American Hypertension Project Overview This overview of the Heart360 Get To Goal includes information about how the program is organized, objectives, volunteer responsibilities and measures of success.
Heart360® Quick Start GuideInstructions on how to sign up for the online Heart360® tracking program.
Heart360 Link

Reproducible  Information Sheets about High Blood Pressure

American Heart Association Staff 

Santrice Martin
Health Equity Director
(312) 476-6654
Lyzeth Mondragon
Administrative Associate
(312) 476-6607