Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

Take Action to Improve Heart Health

This evidence-based initiative emphasizes that self-monitoring and tracking can play a significant role in reducing blood pressure and improving quality of life. Participants work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program to take their own blood pressure at least two times per month, attend two monthly consultations and attend monthly nutrition education seminars. Goals include increasing awareness of triggers and teaching better management practices. YMCA Healthy Heart Ambassadors are trained in proper blood pressure measurement and provide participants with blood pressure monitors approved by the American Heart Association.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million American adults have high blood pressure, and less than half have it under control. High blood pressure is a key, modifiable, risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. In an effort to address these issues, the Y designed a self-monitoring program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 18 years old
  • High blood pressure diagnosis
  • No recent cardiac events
  • No atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
  • No risk for lymphedema
  • YMCA membership is not required

2018 Classes Begin (16-week program):
This is a mostly independent program with professional consultation and can begin at any time.

The 16-week program costs $150

For more information or to enroll, contact:
Sharon Baldwin, Sr. Director of Healthy Living
sharon.baldwin@ymcadanecounty.org
608 906 8815