The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program is a four-month program that supports adults with hypertension in lowering and managing their blood pressure. 

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million adults have high blood pressure in this country. Less than half have it under control. Learn more about the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program to learn how you can control your blood pressure.

In response to this critical health issue, the Duneland YMCA is partnering with Franciscan Health to offer a Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. This program provides personalized support as participants develop the habit of monitoring their blood pressure. The program is designed to help adults with Hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. This program includes:

  • A blood pressure cuff will be provided to all participants of this program who do not already have one.
  • Attend two personalized consultations per month with a Healthy Heart Ambassador
  • This program is FREE & open to adults 18 and older with a diagnosis of high blood pressure.   Individuals must not have had a recent cardiac event, have atrial fibrillation, other arrhythmias or at risk for lymphedema. 

What is the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program? 

The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program (BPSMP) supports adults with hypertension in lowering and managing their blood pressure. The four-month program focuses on practicing home self-monitoring of blood pressure readings and individualized nutrition education for better blood pressure management. With the support from a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador (HHA), participants:  

  • Measure and record their blood pressure at least two times per month  
  • Attend two personalized consultations per month with their HHA  
  • Attend monthly Nutrition Education Seminars  

What is the criteria to participate?

  • Adults: 18 years old or older 
  • Diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or are on antihypertensive medication 
  • Have NOT experienced a recent (within the last 12 months) cardiac event 
  • DO NOT have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias currently 
  • DO NOT have or are at risk for lymphedema 

If eligible, how can the YMCA’s BPSMP help you?

Joining the YMCA’s BPSMP is an investment in your health and a commitment to reducing your risk for heart attack or stroke through: 

  • Reduction in blood pressure 
  • Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure levels 
  • Strategies for developing healthier eating habits and controlling blood pressure through diet 

Please complete the form and a member of our team will reach out to you about enrolling in the program.

Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program. During this time they will:

  • Take their own blood pressure at least two times per month
  • Attend two 10-minute consultations a month with a YMCA Healthy Heart Ambassador
  • Attend a 60-minute nutrition education seminar

Blood pressure readings are recorded using an easy-to-use tracking tool. Participants are also strongly encouraged to share this tracker with their doctor.   

There is no fee to participate and a BP cuff provided, if needed. YMCA membership is not required to participate in the program.

Certified Healthy Heart Ambassadors will train you on the proper technique for taking your own blood pressure readings accurately, will assist you in identifying trends and patterns in your readings over time, and will provide ongoing support as you work to make blood pressure self-monitoring a habit.

If you are interested in joining the program, please fill out the form to be connected with Jill, our Healthy Living Coordinator. Once Jill receives your information, she will contact you for next steps. You will then meet with a Heart Healthy Ambassador to go through a health history screening to determine if you meet the requirements.

Our monthly seminars highlight how food is related to blood pressure management and will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make heart-healthy choices. Topics covered include reducing sodium intake and heart healthy eating. Each 45-minute seminar will also offer an opportunity for you to take your own blood pressure with coaching on proper technique from a Healthy Heart Ambassador.

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Thanks to the generosity and support of Franciscan Health, we are enrolling 10 qualified members and/or guests to participate in the program. Contact our coordinator to enroll today!

Need more information? Read our most frequently asked questions about the Blood Pressure Self Monitoring Program above.

For questions or concerns, or to request detailed information the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, please contact Jill Catherman.

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Jill Catherman

Healthy Living Coordinator [email protected]