Blood Pressure Management

Blood Pressure Management

Blood Pressure MANAGEMENT

High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is a health issue which affects over 78 million adults in the United States, but less than half of these individuals have this problem under control. In 2015, the Birmingham YMCA became one of seven sites invited to participate in a blood pressure management program. Participants meet with a “healthy heart ambassador” at the Y who regularly check blood pressure levels, answer questions, and make a wellness plan. Participants also have access to nutrition seminars with advice on lowering sodium intake, and how to shop, cook and prepare healthy meals.   

How the program works

Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program. During this time, participants will be encouraged to:
  1. Self measure their blood pressure at least two times per month
  2. Attend two personalized consultations per month 
  3. Attend monthly nutrition education seminars

Participants will record their blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use, self-selected tracking tool. The Y will provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.

Program Goals

  1. Reduction in blood pressure
  2. Better blood pressure management
  3. Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
  4. Enhanced knowledge to develop healthier eating habits

To Qualify, Participants must...

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
  3. Not have experienced a recent cardiac event
  4. Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias


New classes beginning in February 2017.


Contact Keesha Nelson at 516-8774. Register in person at your preferred location or online here.


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