Take Action To Improve Heart Health

  • 1 out of 3 American adults have high blood pressure
  • Only about half of those with high blood pressure have their condition under control

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. Research also shows that proper nutrition, particularly with a reduction in sodium, can help lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

What is the YMCA's Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program?

Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program. During this time, participants will be encouraged to:

  • Self-measure their blood pressure at least two times per month
  • Attend two personalized consultations per month
  • Attend montly nutrition education seminars
  • This program is availble to YMCA Member AND Non-Members

Participants will record their blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use, self-selected tracking tool. The Y will provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.

Program Goals:

  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Better blood pressure management
  • Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
  • Enhanced knowledge to develop healthier eating habits


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • Not have experienced a recent cardiac event
  • Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
  • Not be at risk for lymphedema

Questions? Want to Enroll? Please contact the appropriate Y Healthy Heart Ambassador

Dorchester YMCA - Christina DoSouto | 617-436-7750 | cdosouto@ymcaboston.org

Parkway Community YMCA - Maggie Baggarella | 617-323-3200 | mbagarella@ymcaboston.org

*Rolling Enrollment