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  Kroger locations in the Metro Detroit area are providing free blood pressure screenings to promote cardiac health and awareness beginning this month, American Stroke Month. Customers can take advantage of pharmacist conducted screenings during regular pharmacy hours, no appointments required.

 According to the American Heart Association, more than 800,000 people in the U.S. die from stroke and other cardiovascular diseases each year, and 80 percent of cardiovascular disease may be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right and knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.

 “Nearly all families have been touched in some way by heart disease,” said Beth Collins, Vice President of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk . “Kroger offering this free resource is a big step in helping our community to really take charge of their heart health.”

 Kroger is a four-time winner of the American Heart Association’s “Fit-Friendly Company Platinum Achievement Award”, providing heart healthy products and personalized screening services to empower their customers and community.

“Kroger is invested in the communities we serve,” said Rachel Hurst, Consumer Affairs Manager for Kroger. “Selecting fresh produce, visiting with a pharmacist and getting a blood pressure screening can all be done easily inside our stores.”

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke — the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit http://www.heart.org or any of our offices around the country.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and fu

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