1 IN 3 AMERICAN ADULTS HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. ONLY ABOUT HALF OF PEOPLE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE HAVE THEIR CONDITION UNDER CONTROL.
According to the American Heart Association, 80 million American adults have high blood pressure, but less than half have it under control. 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.
YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program is 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.
Participants will receive support from trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors and for a four-month duration will be encouraged to:
• Measure and record their blood pressure at least two times per month (a minimum of eight times)
• Attend two personalized consultations per month
• Attend monthly Nutritional Education Seminars
The Gateway Region YMCA is looking for adults with high blood pressure who could benefit from participating in this program. Benefits include:
A simple, evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure
• Personalized support from a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador
• Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
• Easy-to-use, portable self-tracking tool
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
The following Gateway Region YMCA branches are offering a Blood Pressure Monitoring Program this fall:
- O'Fallon Park Rec Complex: Fridays, 8-11am
- Monsanto Family YMCA: Mondays 9am-Noon or Thursdays 5-7pm
- South City Family YMCA: Tuesdays 8am-Noon
For more information about the program, contact Erin Murphy at (314) 436-1177 or email@example.com.
MONTHLY BLOOD PRESSURE NUTRITIONAL WORKSHOPS
Nutrition choices have a direct impact on blood pressure. The YMCA now offers nutrition seminars, designed to address various aspects of eating that we can and should be mindful of to stay healthy and effectively manage blood pressure. On the below dates and locations, stop by for a free healthy eating seminar, a free blood pressure screening, and information about the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
- Wednesday, January 25 at 10am: Monsanto Family YMCA - "Shopping, Preparing and Cooking Food for Better Blood Pressure Management"
- Friday, February 17 at 9:30am: O'Fallon Park Rec Complex - "Heart Healthy Eating for Life"
- Monday, February 27 at 10am: Monsanto Family YMCA - "Heart Healthy Eating for Life"
Healthy Eating Seminar Topic Descriptions:
- Dietary Approaches to Manage Hypertension (DASH) - Learn about the DASH way of eating and the science behind it that leads to successfully lowering blood pressure.
- Reducing Sodium Intake - Learn why reducing sodium is important to reducing blood pressure and get tips on how to be successful.
- Shopping, Preparing and Cooking Food for Better Blood Pressure Management - Learn how to read food labels in order to successfully shop for and prepare healthy meals.
- Heart Healthy Eating for Life - Learn how to make healthy eating changes to last a lifetime. Topics include fats & oils, vitamins & minerals, healthy snacks and dining out.
FREE BIOMETRIC SCREENINGS
Do you know your blood pressure? What about your glucose level or cholesterol? If you don’t, you may not know if your health is at risk. Participate in a FREE quick, convenient biometric screening provided by Gateway Region YMCA, to learn your numbers and learn the steps you can take to improve or maintain your health! No appointment necessary.
- January 23, 9am-Noon: South County YMCA
- January 30, 8:30am-1pm: Carondelet Park Rec Complex
- February 7, 8-11am & 5-7pm: East Belleville YMCA
- February 9, 8-11am: St. Charles Family YMCA
- March 1, 10am-1pm: Downtown Belleville YMCA
For more information, please call 314-421-8838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.