The YMCA's Blood Pressure Self Monitoring program is a way for participants to work with healthy heart ambassadors and self-monitor their blood pressure. The program goal is a reduction in blood pressure, better management, increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure and better knowledge to develop healthier eating habits.
Participants will record their blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use, self-selecting tracking tool. The YMCA will provide options for participants who may need a home blood pressure monitor.
Heart Healthy Ambassadors will train participants on how to use the blood pressure cuffs and provide ongoing support
This program is self-guided. Participants measure the blood pressure twice a month, attend two personalized consultations per month and attend monthly nutrition education seminars. The program is four months long.
All participants must be age 18 or older and be diagnosed with high blood pressure. Additionally, participants can not have experienced a recent cardiac event, have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias or be at risk for lymphedema.
Blood Pressure Self Monitoring is an evidence-based program offered through a YMCA Medical Membership. A YMCA Medical Membership is for anyone who needs access to quality, evidence-based programs, health coaching and workout facilities.