Million Hearts® recognizes the YMCA of Central New York as a Hypertension Control Exemplar for our ability to transition our worksite wellness Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring (BPSM) to a virtual format for employees working remotely.
Syracuse University engaged the YMCA of Central New York to offer their BPSM program to university employees. This four-month program helps adults with hypertension lower and control their blood pressure, through education, support, and the use of a home blood pressure monitor. Originally designed as an onsite worksite wellness class, the Y quickly transitioned their program to a virtual format to meet the needs of a remote workforce. From December 2020 to March 2021, a total of 17 participants enrolled in the virtual BPSM program, which included weekly 30-minute one-on-one sessions with a Heart Health Ambassador (HHA) and group sessions every four weeks. Participants learned to measure and record their blood pressure, attended nutrition education seminars, and received personalized consultations related to lifestyle changes including sleep, hydration, nutrition, movement, and stress. During the 16-week BPSM program, the YMCA of Central New York saw participants achieve a 14% decrease in systolic blood pressure and a 6% decrease in diastolic blood pressure.