Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

Blood Pressure affects 1 in 3 adults.

The YMCA of Greater Whittier’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program launches on September 9. To kick it off, we will be hosting two informational pot lucks. You’re invited to bring a dish to share and join us to learn more about the program.

Friday, Augut 23 at 11:30 am, East Whittier YMCA Rotary Room

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program (BSMP)

During our 4-month program, participants “self-monitor” and track their blood pressure at home. Participants are any adult 18+ that has already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, has not had any recent cardiac events are not at risk for lymphedema, and do not have arterial fibrillation or any other arrhythmias. This program requires regular visits with our Y’s Healthy Heart Ambassadors to help you stay on the right track. 94% of participants in the program state that they will continue to self-monitor their blood pressure at home after the 4-month program. 87% of participants feel that they have made progress towards their health and well-being. Participants will also attend monthly nutrition-education seminars.

Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health has proven that programs like ours can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%. We will work with you through our program to be sure you receive the best possible support and advice.

We’ll teach you ways to eat healthier, increase physical activity and how to make other changes to improve your overall health and well-being. Lifestyle changes like this can prevent or delay development of Type 2 diabetes for those at high risk.

Session Topics Include:

  • The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension) approach to healthier eating
  • Reducing Sodium Intake
  • Shopping, Cooking and Food Preparation
  • Eating for Your Heart

Do you qualify?

  • Must have been diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must not have experienced a recent cardiac event
  • Must not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
  • Must not be at risk for lymphedema

Cost:

The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program costs a total of $45/member, $75/non-member. Our unique program is classroom-based, led by a trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors and delivered over a 4-month period.

The cost of this program is covered by most major insurance plans, but check with your health insurance provider or human resources department to be sure it is a covered benefit.  Scholarships are also available on a case by case basis where insurance is not an option.

We look forward to seeing you! Take control of your health…take control of your life.

To kick off the program, we are hosting two informational pot lucks! For more information, contact Alyssa Arizmendez at aarizmendez@ymcawhittier.org.

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