Health & Fitness
Chronic Disease Programs
Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring
The Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program helps adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The 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.
To Be Eligible For YMCA's Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
- 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
- An evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure
- Personalized support from a Healthy Heart
Ambassador during Office Hour consultations
- Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
- Heart healthy nutrition education
How The Program Works
Participants will work with trained YMCA Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four month program. During this time, participants will be encouraged to self-measure their blood pressure at least two times per month, attend two personalized consultations per month, and attend monthly nutrition education seminars. Participants will record their blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use, self-selected tracking tool. The Y will provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.
Healthy Heart Ambassadors
YMCA 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.
The Healthy Heart Ambassadors are available each week for personalized 10-minute consultations to support participants as they continue to better manage their blood pressure. Participants will also receive personalized weekly emails, calls or text messages from an Ambassador.
Nutrition Education Seminars will highlight the importance of practicing healthier eating habits.
Seminar topics include:
- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
- Reducing sodium intake
- Shopping, cooking and food preparation
- Eating for your heart
Each 60-minute seminar will also offer an area for participants to measure their blood pressure with coaching for proper measuring techniques from a Healthy Heart Ambassador.
Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring is one part of Y-USA’s suite of evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs. Since 2005, the Y has worked to become a leading provider of chronic disease prevention programs and has positioned itself as a catalyst in community integrated health, spearheading research and scaling proven efforts to show that prevention and behavior change programs like the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program are effective in combating, reducing and ultimately avoiding health risks associated with high blood pressure and other chronic conditions. For more information please contact Erin Farmer: firstname.lastname@example.org