Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring

Protect Your Health

The Y’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program teaches participants how to measure and track their blood pressure, eat healthier, and avoid high blood pressure triggers.

The program responds to a critical need in the community: High blood pressure affects 75 million Americans. The condition can lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke – two leading causes of death in the US, and it is known as a “silent killer” because there typically are no warning signs or symptoms.

About the Program

The four-month Y program is based on research that shows that the simple process of checking and recording blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure. And, proper nutrition, particularly a reduction in sodium, can help lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

 

Program participants learn how to properly self-monitor their blood pressure using a cuff. They also get:

  • Two personalized consultations per month
  • Monthly nutrition education seminars on eating healthy, shopping and cooking, stopping hypertension, and reducing sodium
  • Personalized support from trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors
  • Ongoing encouragement through weekly emails, calls, and text messages

The program is designed to help participants meet specific goals:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved blood pressure management
  • Increased awareness of triggers that spike blood pressure
  • Enhanced knowledge of healthy eating habits

The Gaston County Family YMCA joins 65 Ys across the country in presenting the program, which is a component of the Million Hearts® 2022 Campaign launched by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Program Requirements

To qualify for the program, participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
  • Not be at risk for lymphedema

Program Fee:

  • $169 Y Members
  • $199 Program Participant
  • Fee includes blood pressure cuff
  • Financial Assistance available

Upcoming Program dates and events:

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Office Hours

Trained Healthy Heart Ambassador (appointments recommended and available in person or virtually on the following days):

Stowe Family YMCA – 196 YMCA Drive Belmont

  • Monday 10:00 am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
  • Friday 11:00 am- 1:00 pm 

Warlick Family YMCA – 2221 Robinwood Road Gastonia

  • Monday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Thursday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

NUTRITION: Virtual Monthly Seminars
  • Nutrition Education Seminars are scheduled monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 pm. A ZOOM link will be sent to all participants.

 

Contact Richard Hamilton at rhamilton@gastonymca.org today with questions.