Ann Arbor Y’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. Proper nutrition with a reduction in sodium and engaging in regular physical activity each week can also lead to a considerable reduction in blood pressure.

Self-monitoring is the first step in managing high blood pressure and medications.  Visit with a Healthy Heart Ambassador in the Y lobby to get your blood pressure checked, and to learn about exercise, nutrition and lifestyle changes that can help you manage or prevent hypertension.

Contact: Ann Brennan, 734-661-8044 or abrennan@annarborymca.org

Monitoring Matters

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country. Million Hearts® is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time.Y-USA is one of several partners in the Million Hearts campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The goal of the campaign is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 through heart disease prevention activities.  The Ann Arbor YMCA is one of three Ys participating in a pilot program to help prevent heart disease through self-monitoring and recording.