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Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring
The  SKY Family YMCA

How the program works

Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program. During this time, participants will be encouraged to:

  • Self-measure their blood pressure at least two times per month
  • Attend two personalized consultations per month
  • Attend monthly nutrition education seminars

Participants will record their blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use, self-selected tracking tool.  The Y will provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.

 

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

 

healthy heart ambassadors

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.

 

Office Hour consultations

The Healthy Heart Ambassadors are available each week for personalized 10-minute consultations to support participants as they continue to better manage their blood pressure. Participants will also receive personalized weekly emails, calls or text messages from an Ambassador.

 

Nutrition Education Seminars

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

Each 60-minute seminar will also offer an area for participants to measure their blood pressure with coaching for proper measuring techniques from a Healthy Heart Ambassador.

 

Program fee:
This program is being offered at no cost to YMCA members however participants must have their own or have access to a blood pressure monitor for home use. The YMCA has cuffs for sale or loan.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

For a small investment, participants receive:

  • An evidence-based program that may lower
    blood pressure
  • Personalized support from a Healthy
    Heart Ambassador during Office
    Hour consultations
  • Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
  • Heart healthy nutrition education
  • Easy-to-use, portable self-tracking tool

 

For more information about the program,
contact 941-375-9123.

 
   

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