According to the American Heart Association, more than 80 million adults have high blood pressure in this country. Less than half have it under control.
The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is one of 16 Ys participating in this program to help prevent heart disease through a heart healthy diet, self-monitoring and recording blood pressure. Nutrition has been proven to play an important role in one’s blood pressure management. Simply by reducing one’s sodium intake, a person with elevated blood pressure may see a considerable reduction in systolic blood pressure.
Participants are expected to measure their blood pressure at least two times a month for four months and participate in nutrition education seminars. They will record those blood pressure readings using a self-selected tracking tool.
Participants will work with a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador during office hours two times each month.
Healthy Heart Ambassadors
The Healthy Heart Ambassadors will communicate with participants on a weekly basis to encourage regular monitoring and recording of their blood pressure at home. They will also hold regular office hour consultations to provide one-on-one support during the 10-minute consultations.
We are looking for partners to host locations for the office hours and nutrition seminars.
Upcoming Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring ClassesBrooks Family YMCA
Fridays from 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Classes begin Friday, June 8
Dye Clay Family YMCA
Tuesdays from 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Classes begin Tuesday, June 19
For more information including cost, please contact:
Director of Healthy Living Innovations: Chronic Disease Prevention