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According to the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, nearly half (%46) of adults have high blood pressure in the United States.
High blood pressure is most prevalent in racial and ethnic minority populations, and is often referred to as "The Silent Killer" because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms. High Blood Pressure is a key, modifiable, risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death in the United States.
The YMCAs Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program is designed to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The four-month program focuses on regular home self-monitoring of one's blood pressure using proper measuring techniques, one-on-one consultations with a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador, support and group based nutrition education for better blood pressure management.
Through the program and with the support from a trained Healthy Heart Ambassdor, Participants will aim to:
Measure and record their blood pressure at home at least two times per month, gaining increased awareness of triggers that impact blood pressure readings.
Learn how to properly measure their blood pressure
Attend two personalized consultations/month with a Healthy Heart Ambassador
Attend monthly Nutrition Education Seminars
Be at least 18 years old
Be diagnosed with high blood pressure or currently taking antihypertensive medication
Not have experienced a recent cardiac event
Not have atrial fibrillation or other arythmias
Not be at risk for lymphedema
THE FIRST 12 PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CUFF!!!
To set up your initial assessment, visit the YMCA of Tuscaloosa - Downtown Branch, or call (205)345-9622.
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