5th Annual Cabelas Blood Pressure 4 Kids Fishing Derby

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Routine blood pressure monitoring should begin at age three as recommended by both the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The 5th Annual Cabelas Blood Pressure 4 Kids Fishing Derby - The NPBPAF will host their fifth annual kids fishing derby on May 23

This annual event will promote the organization’s mission of bringing awareness of blood pressure issues in children and the need for increased screenings. This one day event will feature a kids fishing derby, music by the pond, lunch plates, and other family activities. There is a $10.00 donation per child to enter the derby with prizes for largest fish by age group.

Most importantly, the NPBPAF will have registered nurses providing FREE blood pressure screenings for children beginning at age three. This will allow every parent an opportunity to receive a baseline blood pressure for their child. The nurses will also be able to answer parent questions and provide educational material about hypertension in children.

Last year's event drew many families and over 200 children received valuable blood pressure screenings! A large percentage of these children had never had a baseline blood pressure reading. The NPBPAF is hopeful to surpass last year's numbers.

WHEN: Saturday, May 23, from 8AM-12PM

Registration at 8AM with derby starting at 9AM

WHERE: Cabelas Pond

2200 W. Cabela's Parkway, Gonzales

About National Pediatric Blood Pressure Awareness Foundation (NPBPAF):

Founded in 2009, the NPBPAF is a national, non-profit organization created to ensure that every child receives routine blood pressure monitoring. The NPBPAF began as a small, grass roots organization by a Baton Rouge mother who nearly lost her four year old son to undiagnosed hypertension. As President of the NPBPAF, Celeste Goodwin vows to make sure that education, awareness, and action on this issue is paramount to protect children. This will be achieved through working directly with the health care industry, educating parents, and providing community programs and resources. Routine blood pressure monitoring should begin at age three as recommended by both the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

An estimated two million children in our country have undiagnosed hypertension (high blood pressure). This is a serious issue that if left untreated can lead to permanent organ failure, stroke, heart attack, or even possibly death. To learn more about our mission, please visit: www.bloodpressure4kids.org