Transition of May Measurement Month to an online hypertension awareness campaign in Korea during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jinho Shin, Hae Young Lee, Sungha Park, Il Suk Sohn, Sun Ho Kim, Wook Bum Pyun, Kee Sik Kim, Myeong Chan Cho

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Aims: May Measurement Month (MMM) is a global campaign to enhance hypertension awareness by intensive blood pressure measuring campaign during a month period of May. May Measurement Month 2020 was not officially executed globally, especially in light of COVID-19 pandemic. But in Korea, the MMM committee decided to carry on with self-initiated project to succeed MMM started in 2019 in Korea. And we adopted new online strategies for those with age of 18 or older under the MMM Methods and results: Korea 2020 theme in Korean of 'Look for the Young Hypertension'. A promotional video, a subtitled translated global promotional video, and four educational contents were uploaded on Youtube®. Seven online posters or card news were uploaded on main blog. And 71 articles by 60 websites from 10 medical media company were published. The MMM keyword exposure in Naver® portal Search Advertisements was 2500 searches per day. There were 3519 visits to the MMM blog, and 114 people participated in snapshot challenges. Four social network service channels were activated, and there was an increase in Facebook and Instagram followers of 6.5- and 5.8-fold, respectively. GoodDoc® application programming interface messages were sent 97876 times (2589 responses). For a user created contents contest, 28 competitors, mostly young, participated. Conclusion: Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MMM campaign was able to survive using a 'new normal' online format. The shift to on-line activity during the pandemic will contribute to a breakthrough MMM campaign in the future that can be combined with off-line protocols even after the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-258
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Heart Journal - Digital Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2021

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© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology.


  • Awareness
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • COVID-19
  • Hypertension
  • On-line campaign
  • Public health


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