Take Action to Improve Heart Health
The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program is designed to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The four-month program focuses on regulated home self-monitoring of one’s blood pressure using proper measuring techniques, individualized support and nutrition education for better blood pressure management. A trained Healthy Heart Ambassador works with participants to identify blood pressure patterns and share self-monitoring tracking and results with their healthcare provider. The program helps increase awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure and provides knowledge for heart-healthy eating habits.
Healthy Heart Ambassadors will train participants to properly use a self-monitoring blood pressure cuff and emphasize the value of regular self-monitoring. Ambassadors will also provide ongoing personalized support as they strive to achieve their program goals. Participants will:
- Measure and record their blood pressure at least two times per month
- Attend two personalized consultations per month with a Healthy Heart Ambassador
- Attend monthly Nutrition Education Seminars
- Record and track their blood pressure readings at home
- Receive weekly communication from an Ambassador.
Eligible participants - This program is open to adults 18 and older with a diagnosis of high blood pressure. Individuals must not have had a recent cardiac event, have atrial fibrillation, other arrhythmias or at risk for lymphedema.
Can I participate?
If you would like to participate in the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program, please fill out the participation inquiry form. Or you may click on "brochure" to see more information.