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August 30, 2016

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

blood pressureThe YMCA of Greater Syracuse is ready to help you take action to improve your heart health through a Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program that helps adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The program focuses on regular monitoring of one’s blood pressure at home using proper measuring techniques, individualized support and nutrition education in an effort to reduce blood pressure and improve their quality of life.

1 in 3 American Adults have high blood pressure. Only about half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over a four month period, along with regular physical activity, proper nutrition and reducing sodium intake may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

“Having a handle on your blood pressure is an effective tool in the preventing heart disease and staying healthy overall,” said Erin Coelho, Member Wellness Coordinator and Healthy Heart Ambassador at the East Area Family YMCA in Fayetteville. “Whether you have high blood pressure or are at risk for heart disease, the Y can help.”

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.

To learn more about the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, contact Jessica DesRosiers at jdesrosiers@syracuseymca.org or 315-474-6851 x338.

If you already know which YMCA of Greater Syracuse location is most convenient for you, contact the Healthy Heart Ambassador at your local Y.

  • East Area Family Y - Erin Coelho, Member Wellness Coordinator, 637-2025 x225
  • Downtown Y - Stephanie Michaels, Health & Wellness Coordinator, 474-6851 x339
  • North Area Y - Sue Montminy, Health & Wellness Coordinator, 451-2562 x214
  • Northwest Y - Kelly Notman, Health & Wellness Director, 315-303-5966 x218

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