Maintaining a good blood pressure will help protect you from heart disease, stroke and kidney problems. Have your blood pressure checked regularly. Eating a healthy diet and getting regu- lar physical activity are two ways you can help to keep your blood pressure under control. (See pages 19 and 20). Some people will need to take medicine to help keep a healthy blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, talk with your health care provider about how to lower it by changing your diet, losing excess weight, exercis- ing or (if necessary) taking medicine. If you need to take medicine, be sure to take it every day, as prescribed. Ask your provider how often you need your blood pressure checked and what a healthy blood pressure for you is. I need my blood pressure checked every months/years. My blood pressure should be below / . Keep track of your blood pressure using the Personal Prevention Record in the center of this Health Guide.