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Programs > YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring

The YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring (Y-BPSM) program is a 4-month program designed to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. It focuses on home self-monitoring of one’s blood pressure using proper measuring techniques and individualized support and nutrition education for better blood pressure management. At this time, the class is only available in English.

Format

  • Two 10-minute personal consultations per month regarding blood pressure management
  • 1-hour monthly nutrition education seminars
  • Self-measurement of blood pressure at least 2 times per month
  • Continuous enrollment

Settings

  • YMCA of Central New Mexico

Participants

  • 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

Topics and Skills Covered

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

Cost

  • Program is valued at $250, but program cost is $45 for participants who already have a digital blood pressure monitor
  • Digital blood pressure monitors are available for purchase ($30)