According to the American Heart Association, nearly half (46%) of adults have high blood pressure in this country. 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.
In response to this critical health care issue, the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program is designed to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The four-month program focuses on regular home self-monitoring of one’s blood pressure using proper measuring techniques, one-on-one consultations with a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador, individualized support and group-based nutrition education for better blood pressure management.
Through the four-month program and with the support from a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador, participants will aim to:
Research shows that the process of recording blood pressure at least twice a month over a period of four months has been shown to lower blood pressure in many people with high blood pressure.
The program is designed to support participants in realizing these benefits:
To participate in the program, participants must be:
Meri Fetkovich, Senior Director of Health & Wellness, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-742-4788.