The YMCA of Central New York is ready to help you take action to improve your heart health through a Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program that helps adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The program focuses on regular monitoring of one’s blood pressure at home using proper measuring techniques, individualized support and nutrition education in an effort to reduce blood pressure and improve their quality of life.
1 in 3 American Adults have high blood pressure. Only about half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over a four month period, along with regular physical activity, proper nutrition and reducing sodium intake may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
Participants will work with trained 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
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.
If you already know which Y location is most convenient for you, contact the Healthy Heart Ambassador at your local Y.
To learn more, complete this interest form to be contacted by a Healthy Living Team Member.
“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.”