Blood Pressure Self – Monitoring Program

Blood Pressure Self – Monitoring Program

TAKE ACTION TO IMPROVE HEART HEALTH

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million adults have high blood pressure in this country. Less than half have it under control.

High blood pressure is most prevalent in racial and ethnic minority populations, and is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms. 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.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Y designed the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program 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.

With the support from a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador, participants:

– Measure and record their blood pressure at least two times per month

– Attend weekly small group-based consultations

– Attend monthly Nutrition Education Seminars


GOALS

– Reduction in blood pressure

– Better blood pressure management

– Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure

– Enhanced knowledge to develop healthier eating habits

WHO QUALIFIES?

– Be at least 18 years old

– Be diagnosed with high blood pressure

– Not have experienced a recent cardiac event

– Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias

– Not be at risk for lymphedema

“I feel that this program has helped so many to realize how important having a normal blood pressure is. As a result of my participation in the program, I am making better eating choices and I have lowered my blood pressure drastically. I’ve been told I may be able to come off my medications as soon as within six weeks if this type of progress continues.”- Participant, Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA


“This program is an undiscovered gem as far as I am concerned. I am so glad that I participated…everyone was so kind, encouraging, and positive. Please continue to provide this service. My doctor could not say enough about the manner in which I shared my blood pressure numbers and I was pleased to tell her that this program…was instrumental in giving me the tools to do so. Thank you so much!”- Participant, Volusia/Flagler YMCA

Y Member: Free

Community: $15.00

FREE Blood Pressure Monitor included with all registrations!

LOCATION: Southern Hills Mall

May 24 – Sept 13 (no class labor day)

Mondays 10:00 AM

Southern Hills Mall Registration

LOCATION: Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA

May 25 – Sept 7

Tuesdays 11:30 AM

Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA Registration


For more information about our program, contact Jacque Perez by emailing healthyliving@nwsymca.org or 402-404-8439.

We look forward to partnering with you on your journey!