Blood Pressure Self Monitoring

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.

Blood-Pressure-MonitorThe 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.

Participant Requirements

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 Classes

Brooks 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:
Lisa Peacock
Director of Healthy Living Innovations: Chronic Disease Prevention

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.