Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hockomock Area YMCA to offer new Blood Pressure Management Program - Upcoming Screenings

The Hockomock Area YMCA is proud to announce it will begin offering the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, a 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 and personalized support.

High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms. According to the American Heart Association, more than 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, but less than half have it under control. The Y developed this program to help individuals better manage hypertension, and improve their overall health. 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.

As part of the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program, participants will strive to reduce their blood pressure by measuring 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. During this program participants will also increase their awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure.

Hockomock Area YMCA staff will hold free screenings for the program at the following dates, times and locations:

  • North Attleboro Branch: Wednesday, November 16 from 9:00am – 11:00am and 3:00pm – 6:00pm.
  • Bernon Family Branch, Franklin and Invensys Foxboro Branch: Tuesday, November 29 from 9:00am – 12:00pm and 3:00pm – 6:00pm.

The program is facilitated by Healthy Heart Ambassadors, appointed and trained by the Y, who will show participants how to use a blood pressure cuff, encourage self-monitoring and facilitate monthly nutrition education seminars.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is looking for adults with high blood pressure to take part in this program. For a small investment of time and minimal fee, participants will receive; a simple evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure, personalized support from a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador, tips for maintaining cardiovascular health, a easy-to-use portable self-tracking tool, heart healthy nutrition seminars, and a blood pressure monitoring cuff if participant does not own one.

To participate in this program participants must be at least 18 years old, be diagnosed with high blood pressure, must not have experienced a recent cardiac event, must not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias, and must not be at ricks for lymphedema.

Enrollment is ongoing at the three Hockomock Area YMCA’s branches. For more information or to set up your initial consultation, contact bloodpressure@hockymca.org or 508-772-1310.


About the Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility. 
The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.

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