Blood Pressure Self Monitoring Program

Take Action to Improve Heart Health

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 an evidence-based, self-monitoring program aimed to help participants better manage their blood pressure. It emphasizes that self-monitoring and tracking of individuals’ blood pressure, individualized support and nutrition education can play a significant role in reducing blood pressure and improving quality of life.

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Participants receive ongoing support from certified Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program. During this time, participants are encouraged to:
  2. Measure and record their blood pressure at least two times per month
  3. Attend two personalized consultations per month
  4. Attend monthly nutrition education seminars created by registered dieticians

Goals include a reduction in blood pressure, better blood pressure management, increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure and enhanced knowledge to develop healthier eating habits.

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 to participate in the program.

To learn more about the Blood Pressure Self Monitoring Program, contact:
Sharon Baldwin
Sr. Director of Healthy Living
608 664 9622