According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million American adults have high blood pressure, and less than half have it under control. High blood pressure is a key, modifiable, risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. In an effort to address these issues, the Y designed an evidence-based, self-monitoring program aimed to help participants better manage their blood pressure. It emphasizes that self-monitoring and tracking of individuals’ blood pressure, individualized support and nutrition education can play a significant role in reducing blood pressure and improving quality of life.


The Y designed the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program to help  adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The four-month program focuses on regulated home self-monitoring of one’s blood pressure using proper measuring  techniques, individualized support and nutrition education for better blood pressure management. With the support from a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador, participants:

  • Measure and record their blood pressure at least two times per month
  • Attend two personalized consultations per month
  • Attend monthly Nutrition Education Seminars

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

For More Information:

To learn more about the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Blood Pressure Self Monitoring Program, please click here to view our program fact sheet or contact Carley Hoelzel at 414.274.0807 or via email at choelzel@ymcamke.org.