Protect Your Health
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. The program is offered at no-cost, and while there is a fee for the blood pressure cuff, scholarships are available.
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
Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring is offered virtually this winter. The current session is ongoing, and new participants are welcome to enroll at any time!
Upcoming Virtual Program dates and events:
Thursdays from 10 am - 12 pm with Liz Bravman, Nutritionist
Wednesdays from 6 pm - 7 pm with Caitlin Stackpool, Director of Community Integrated Health
- Thursday, January 7, 2021: Lowering Sodium Intake
- Thursday, February 4, 2021: Shopping, Preparing and Cooking for Better Blood Pressure Management
- Thursday, March 4, 2021: Heart Healthy Eating