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The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program is designed to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure.

 

PROGRAM BENEFITS

 

 Reduction in blood pressure

 

 Increased awareness of triggers that raise blood pressure

 Better blood pressure management

 

 Enhanced knowledge to develop healthier eating habits

Answer a few questions to see if you qualify for the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program.

1. Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension?
Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension?
2. Are you currently taking medicine prescribed by your doctor to control or manage high blood pressure?
Are you currently taking medicine prescribed by your doctor to control or manage high blood pressure?
3. Have you had a cardiac event within the last year?
Have you had a cardiac event within the last year?
4. Has a doctor ever told you that you have atrial fibrillation or another type of heart arrhythmia?
Has a doctor ever told you that you have atrial fibrillation or another type of heart arrhythmia?
5. Has a doctor ever told you that you are at risk for lymphedema?
Has a doctor ever told you that you are at risk for lymphedema?

You may qualify for the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program!

You do not qualify for the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program at this time.

You do not qualify for the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program at this time.

You do not qualify for the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program at this time.

You do not qualify for the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program at this time.

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If you would you like someone to contact you with more information about this program, please submit your contact information below.
You may also contact the Gateway Region YMCA’s Community Health Outreach team via phone 314-598-2120 or email bpprogram@gwrymca.org
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If you would you like someone to contact you with more information about other Community Health programs, please submit your contact information below.
You may also contact the Gateway Region YMCA’s Community Health Outreach team via phone 314-598-2120 or email bpprogram@gwrymca.org

Program Goal 1

Measure and record your blood pressure at home at least two times per month, gaining increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure

Program Goal 2

Attend two personalized consultations per month with a Healthy Heart Ambassador

Program Goal 3

Attend monthly Nutrition Education Seminars

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is the YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program?

The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program is designed to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure by following an evidence-based program that combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education seminars, and personalized support.

A Healthy Heart Ambassador will work with you one-on-one to be certain that you know how to correctly and consistently measure your blood pressure. During this 4-month program, you will also learn how to improve your blood pressure through different strategies, including nutrition seminars - we know that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach and we are committed to finding out what works best for you!

Is there a fee to participate?

Yes, there is a program fee. However, the Y is committed to reducing or covering the cost of the program through financial assistance or grant funding for eligible participants. 

How and when is the program offered?

We are now offering the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program virtually! Enrollment opportunities are offered regularly across the metro-east region. If you are interested in learning more about the program and participation options, please call 314-598-2120 or email bpprogram@gwrymca.org.

In-person Diabetes Prevention Program options may be available at the following locations:

Does the Y offer other programs to assist with managing chronic diseases?

Yes! The Y is committed to ensuring healthy living across the region through several evidence-based programs that support those who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of developing chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's, and high blood pressure.

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

Exercise for Parkinson's

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

Nutrition Services

Social Support Services

Community Gardens

 

 

 

PAUL'S Y STORY

In July 2020, Paul began to feel unwell, but decided to wait until his next doctor’s appointment to address the issue. In the meantime, he went to the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. Upon being tested, his results were abnormal and he was encouraged to call his doctor immediately. Paul was able to see his doctor and was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. Through immediate treatment, he was able to return to his regular routine. Paul will be the first to tell anyone, “While no one knows what would have happened, if Mary (YMCA BPSM Staff Member) had not seen the problem, there is a good chance that waiting could have resulted in a much more negative result.”

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CINDY'S Y STORY

Cindy needed to lose weight because her cholesterol and blood pressure were high and she thought she might require knee surgery. Cindy had never liked to exercise and was intimidated by the machines. With the help of Y staff, though, she began to enjoy exercise. Cindy has lost 50 pounds by coming to the Y frequently, participating in a variety of classes, personal training, Blood Pressure Monitoring, and other activities. She says she feels 20 years younger, and not only is her cholesterol in normal range, her blood pressure medication has been reduced and she will not need that knee surgery. Cindy is grateful for the Y team supports her along the way.

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