Stroke Foundation health promoter Cath Moser’s pictured outside the ‘Big Blood Pressure Check Van’, which will be in Queenstown and Wanaka tomorrow providing free blood pressure checks.

The initiative’s part of the foundation’s effort to ensure Kiwis have access to a complimentary check at least once a year.

Its health promotion manager, Julia Rout, says research shows more than 11,000 people are predicted to have a stroke this year.

‘‘The van will allow us to visit communities across the South Island and share important information about stroke and stroke risk factors, helping to reduce the number of people impacted by stroke.

‘‘High blood pressure is manageable and can often be controlled efficiently through lifestyle changes and, if necessary, medication.’’

The van will be at Pak’nSave, at Frankton, from 8am till noon tomorrow and at New World Wanaka from 2.30pm till 6.30pm tomorrow afternoon.