Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

 

NEXT SESSION BEGINS MAY 1, 2019

To sign up for the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, please contact Lisa McQuilkin or at the Berkeley Heights YMCA Member Services Desk.

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Also known as “The Silent Killer”, high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. Research shows that monitoring your blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure, coupled with proper nutrition can help to lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Join the Y’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program and work with a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador who will coach and encourage you throughout the 4 month program.

 

WHAT IS A HEALTHY HEART AMBASSADOR?

Healthy Heart Ambassadors will train participants to properly use a self-monitoring blood pressure cuff and emphasize the value of regular self-monitoring. Ambassadors will also provide ongoing personalized support as they strive to achieve their program goals.

 

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

You will work with your trained Healthy Heart Ambassador who will coach and encourage you throughout the 4 month program.

During this time, you will:

• Self measure your blood pressure each week with your own blood pressure cuff

• Attend at least 2 coaching meetings per month where your Healthy Heart Ambassador will measure you blood pressure and connect with you on your progress and goals.

• Attend monthly nutrition seminars to help implement heart healthy habits and tips to help reduce high blood pressure while still enjoying well balanced meals.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

• Personalized support to coach you throughout the 4-month program

• Weekly touch points to help keep you on track and motivated

• Evidence based program that has had success in lowering blood pressure

• Support and encouragement to help you improve cardiovascular health

• Informative and interactive nutrition component to assist you in changing your diet to be heart healthy

• Education on lifestyle choices that can improve your health

NUTRITION SEMINARS

These 60 minute seminars will highlight the importance of practicing healthier eating habits.

Seminar topics include:

• Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)

• Reducing sodium intake

• Shopping, cooking and food preparation

• Eating for your heart

PROGRAM GOALS

• Reduction in blood pressure

• Better blood pressure management

• Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure

• Enhanced knowledge to develop healthier eating habits

 

PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS
To participate in this program, participants must:

• Be at least 18 years old

• Be diagnosed with high blood pressure

• Not have experienced a recent cardiac event

• Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias

• Not be at risk for lymphedema

 

OFFICE HOUR CONSULTATIONS

The Healthy Heart Ambassadors are available each week for personalized consultations to support participants as they continue to better manage their blood pressure. Participants will also receive personalized contact from their Healthy Heart Ambassador.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM




As a nonprofit, we are committed to enhancing the lives of individuals and families in our community. With the generous donations of members, donors, and partners in the community from funds raised during our Annual Campaign and special events, the Summit Area YMCA is able to offer financial assistance to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Families with low or moderate household income or those who are experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to apply.

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A NATIONAL COMMITMENT




YMCA of the USA is one of several partners in the Million Hearts® campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the campaign is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2022 through heart disease prevention activities.

Contact

  • Lisa McQuilkin

    • Wellness Director
      • Berkeley Heights YMCA
    • (908) 464 8373 ext. 2026