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.

In this four-month program participants will be encouraged to:

* Measure their blood pressure at least two time per month

* Engage in 180 minutes of physical activity each week

* Attend two office hour consultations per month

* Attend two nutrition education seminars over four months

All participants will choose their preferred method of recording their blood pressure readings and physical activity minutes (tracker booklet, website, calendar, etc), and bring data to the office hour consultations. Specific group exercise classes will be recommended for participants enrolled in this program.

This program is free for Y members. For non-members, the program fee is $80 which includes a four-month membership to the Y. Blood pressure monitors are available for participants for a discounted rate of $30.00. Scholarships are available for those in need.

For more information about this program, qualification criteria, and to enroll, contact Ann Brennan at 734-661-8044. The four-month program begins on the first of each month.


Come to the Y during office hours (no appointment necessary) and meet individually with a Healthy Heart Ambassador to review correct blood pressure monitoring and to answer any questions you may have about the program. We can get you enrolled during one of these visits.

· Plan on attending two office hours per month; your visit will only take about 10 minutes

· Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:00-1:00 pm

· Thursdays: 12:00-1:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm

· Fridays: 8:45-9:45 am and 11:30-12:30 pm

· Saturdays: 10:00-11:00 am


· Be at least 18 years old

· Have received a diagnosis of high blood pressure/hypertension

· Not have experienced a recent cardiac event

· Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias

· Not be at risk for lymphedema

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.