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Our Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program helps adults with hypertension lower and better manage their blood pressure. The simple process of checking and recording one’s blood pressure at least twice a month has been shown to lower blood pressure in some people with hypertension.  This 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. Reducing your sodium intake is an effective tool in preventing heart disease, whether you have high blood pressure, are at risk for heart disease or just want to keep your heart healthy.

Classes are FREE and meet Tuesdays 8:30 am—9:00 am in the Lobby          

Nutritional seminars: January 25, February 22, March 21, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 21 and December 19.

Contact Dawn Ernstes to enroll or for more details.  These classes can be done virtually.

Click here to view a brochure about the program

How the Program Works:

Participants will:

  • Take and record their blood pressure at least two times per month
  • Attend two consultations a month with a Healthy Heart Ambassador
  • Attend monthly nutrition education seminars

A Small Investment Produces Big Results:

The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring
Program helps participants:Reduce their blood pressure by identifying patterns and trends on which to take action

  • Better manage their blood pressure over time
  • Increase their awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
  • Improve their knowledge of heart-healthy eating habits
  • Enrich communication with their health care provider by sharing self-monitoring results

To Qualify, You Must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • Not have experienced a recent cardiac event (within the last year)
  • Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
  • Not be at risk for lymphedema

YMCA membership is not required to participate in the program.

To date, the Decatur County Family YMCA has serviced over 70 participants with our 16-week, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program.

  • 85% of our participants saw changes in their Blood Pressure during those 2 months
  • 49% of our participants saw both a 6 point change in their systolic pressure and a 3 point change in their diastolic pressure
  • At least 10% of our participants made changes to their blood pressure medication regime by knowing what triggers affected their blood pressure and by following up with their primary care physician. Most of those participants actually had a decrease made to their blood pressure medication!

One in three American adults have high blood pressure, which puts them at risk for stroke and heart disease, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.


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