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Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

The YMCA of Kokomo is looking for adults who live in Center Township with high blood pressure who could benefit from participating in this program. Benefits include:

• A simple, evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure
• Personalized support from a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador 
• Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
• Easy-to-use, portable self-tracking tool
• Heart healthy nutrition education seminars
• A Y membership during the program

Participants must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:

• 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 
 
This program is free to Center Township residents with a limit of the first 50 adults who qualify. For more information contact Allysha Smith at 765-4574447 or allysha.smith @kokomoymca.org


YMCA Receives Grant From Center-Township to Offer New Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program to Center-Township Residents



Kokomo, IN – On , the YMCA of Kokomo in partnership with Center-Township Trustees will begin offering the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, 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.

High blood pressure is known as "the silent killer" and out of the 80 million Americans that have it, less than half are managing it. The YMCA of Kokomo in partnership with Center-Township Trustees is excited to announce the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, 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.

The Y developed this program to help individuals better manage hypertension and improve their overall health. According to the American Heart Association, more than 80 million Americans 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. In addition, evidence shows that proper nutrition, particularly with a reduction in sodium intake, may help reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

“The Kokomo YMCA is proud to partner with the Center Township Trustees to support our community health initiative by offering the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program and a Y membership to encourage success,” said Trish Severns, Kokomo YMCA CEO. “The Y is the leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health and this program is a great example of our community putting that commitment into action. .”

As part of the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program, participants will measure their blood pressure at least two times a month for four consecutive months—a minimum of eight times--and record their blood pressure readings in a self-selected tracking tool. A nutrition education component will encourage the participants to practice healthier eating habits, including reducing sodium in their diet.
The program is facilitated by Healthy Heart Ambassadors, appointed and trained by the Y, who will show participants how to use a blood pressure monitor, encourage self-monitoring and facilitate monthly nutrition education seminars.
The YMCA of Kokomo is looking for adults who live in Center Township with high blood pressure who could benefit from participating in this program.

Benefits include:
• A simple, evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure • Personalized support from a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador
• Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
• Easy-to-use, portable self-tracking tool
• Heart healthy nutrition education seminars
• A Y membership during the program

Participants must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:
• 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
 
This program is free to Center Township residents with a limit of the first 50 adults who qualify.
For more information contact Allysha Smith at 765-4574447 or allysha.smith @kokomoymca.org.

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