The Regional YMCA of Western CT will begin offering the YMCA's Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, designed to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure by following an evidence-based program that combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education seminars and personalized support.
The Y developed this program to help individuals better manage hypertension and improve their overall health. According to the American Heart Association, more than 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, but less than half have it under control. Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure in some people with hypertension. In addition, evidence shows that proper nutrition, particularly with a reduction in sodium intake, may help reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressures.
"The Regional YMCA of Western CT is proud to LAUNCH the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program," said Maureen Farrell, Director of Community Wellness "The Y is the leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation's health and this program is a great example of putting that commitment into action. ."
As part of the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program, participants will measure their blood pressure at least two times a month for four consecutive months-a minimum of eight times--and record their blood pressure readings in a self-selected tracking tool. A nutrition education component will encourage the participants to practice healthier eating habits, including reducing sodium in their diet.
The program is facilitated by Healthy Heart Ambassadors, appointed and trained by the Y, who will show participants how to use a blood pressure monitor, encourage self-monitoring and facilitate monthly nutrition education seminars.
The Regional YMCA of Western CT is looking for adults with high blood pressure who could benefit from participating in this program. Benefits include:
- A simple, evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure
- Personalized support from a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador
- Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
- Easy-to-use, portable self-tracking tool
- Heart healthy nutrition education seminars
Participants must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must be diagnosed with high blood pressure
- Must not have experienced a recent cardiac event
- Must not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
- Must not be at risk for lymphedema
The Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program will officially launch on Monday, June 26th at the Greenknoll Branch of the Regional YMCA of Western CT. The lobby hours for the launch are 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Healthy Heart Ambassadors will be there to answer questions. Registration for the program is rolling admission. Program delivery hours over the next 16 weeks will be at convenient times including morning, daytime and evening. Call for details or visit our website at www.regionalymca.org. Membership is NOT required to participate in this community program.