Protect Your Health
YMCA Blood Pressure Self Monitoring Program
The Y’s Blood Pressure Self Monitoring Program teaches participants how to measure and track their blood pressure, eat healthier, and avoid high blood pressure triggers.
The program responds to a critical need in the community: High blood pressure affects 75 million Americans. The condition can lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke – two leading causes of death in the US, and it is known as a “silent killer” because there typically are no warning signs or symptoms.
About the Program
The four-month Y program is based on research that shows that the simple process of checking and recording blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure. And, proper nutrition, particularly a reduction in sodium, can help lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
Program participants learn how to properly self-monitor their blood pressure using a cuff. They also get:
- Two personalized consultations per month
- Monthly nutrition education seminars on eating healthy, shopping and cooking, stopping hypertension, and reducing sodium
- Personalized support from trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors
- Ongoing encouragement through weekly emails, calls, and text messages
The program is designed to help participants meet specific goals:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved blood pressure management
- Increased awareness of triggers that spike blood pressure
- Enhanced knowledge of healthy eating habits
The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver joins 64 Ys across the country in presenting the program, which is a component of the Million Hearts® 2022 Campaign launched by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
To qualify for the program, participants must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
- Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
- Not be at risk for lymphedema