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Employees promote good health in February

People stand side by side, making heart shape
Employees at the Northern New Jersey District office in Edison, NJ, show their spirit on National Wear Red Day. Michael Deignan, the acting district manager, is in the center.

Tammy Knight’s blood pressure was slightly elevated during a recent doctor’s visit, so the USPS maintenance support clerk stopped by a health fair at her workplace this month to see if there had been a change.

“I just wanted to get my pressure checked again and today it is fine,” said Knight, who works at the North Metro Processing and Distribution Center in Georgia. “This is important, and I am glad blood pressure checks are being offered to us on site.”

Knight is one of many Postal Service employees across the nation who participated in American Heart Month activities in February.

The annual observance aims to raise awareness of heart disease, which accounts for approximately 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

USPS marked the month by hosting health fairs like the one at the Georgia facility, where employees also received diet and exercise tips and learned about CPR.

Additionally, employees were invited to participate in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 1 and to visit the Wellness LiteBlue page, which has resources for living healthy lifestyles.

Tanika Nesmith, a Greater South Carolina District occupational health nurse, applauded the Postal Service for its efforts.

“Heart disease is a health problem that should be taken seriously,” she said.

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