YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
Cross-post from the YMCA of Greater Kansas City
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is now offering the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. It’s 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 need is great. According to the American Heart Association, more than 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, but less than half have it under control. The Y developed this program to help individuals better manage hypertension and improve their overall health.
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.
HOW IT WORKS
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 Cleaver Family YMCA and the North Kansas City YMCA have been identified as two sites that will provide this program.
Cleaver Family YMCA 7000 Troost Kansas City, MO 64131
North Kansas City YMCA 1999 Iron Street North Kansas City, MO 64116
WHO CAN BENEFIT
Adults with high blood pressure can benefit from participating in this program. It offers:
A simple, evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure
Personalized support from a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador
Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
An 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
Contact LaTasha James to register for the program or to refer a potential participant
Email: LaTashaJames@KansasCityYMCA.org Phone: 816.285.9622