Assessment of Learner: This group is somewhat knowledgeable about the information related to hypertension. The male participants knew the least information on high blood pressure and ways to prevent high blood pressure. Some were unsure if they were at risk for hypertension while others had a family history of hypertension. A few people had hypertension and had trouble keeping it under control. Most participants were at a point where they were motivated to change unhealthy behaviors related to hypertension. Individuals ages 30-50 years old. No barriers impeding behavior change was assessed.
Readiness to Learn: The participants were eager to learn about ways to prevent hypertension. Their motivation for attending the teaching session was to learn and understand ways to deal with high blood pressure. They had many questions, and came with an open mind to listen and receive hypertension education. Most individuals had college degrees, and the rest were current college students. This showed capabilities for learning and the ability to implement the information learned in their lives.
Developmental: The participants present recognized the need to improve their lifestyle in order to prevent hypertension. Those with risk for and hypertension have implemented changes in their eating habits, and started exercising. The individuals in this group are looking for improvement, because they recognize they are getting older and with age come dysfunctions in body functions.
Prevention of hypertension
Hypertension is defined as “repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg -- a systolic pressure above 140 with a diastolic pressure above 90” (MedicineNet.com, 2000). A normal blood pressure is 120 over 80 mmHg and lower. “About 1 of 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States” (CDC, 2008). “High blood pressure…also increases the risk of kidney failure, blindness and other serious health consequences” (Medline Plus, 2006). Hypertension usually causes no symptoms, but occasionally one may experience mild headaches. Other serious symptoms include confusion, seizures, dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea. Educating this group about healthy lifestyle habits on preventing hypertension will give these individuals a longer and happier life.
There are many lifestyle changes that can aid in preventing hypertension. Maintaining an appropriate weight and engaging in regular exercise helps to prevent high blood pressure. “Being overweight is one of the strongest predictors that you will develop high blood pressure, maintaining a proper weight is one of the most effective things one can do to prevent hypertension” (Ehrlich D. Steven, 2008). Having an inactive lifestyle puts oneself at risk for high blood pressure. “According to some studies, men who lead physically active lives can reduce their...