According to the American Heart Association, 80 million American adults (that's 1 in 3!) have high blood pressure, but less than half have it under control.

Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure in some people with hypertension.

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.

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  • Support & Accountability
  • Educational Tools
  • Achieve Your Wellness Goals

Participants will:

  • Attend two personalized 10-minute consultations per month with a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador
  • Measure and record their blood pressure at least two times per month over the four-month program (a minimum of eight times)
  • Attend monthly Nutrition Education Seminars
  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must be diagnosed with high blood pressure

  • Must not have experienced a recent cardiac event

  • Must not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias

  • Must not be at risk for lymphedema

Yes, there is a program fee to participate, however, the Y offers financial assistance and grant funding to help offset participant fees.

Call our Community Health Department at 314-421-8897 or email