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 Lisa Coombs-Gerou, Vice President Operations/Healthy Living, at 414-274-0708, or email mkehealthyliving@ymcamke.org.