Take Action to Improve Heart Health

Blood pressure management can increase your quality of life and help decrease your risk of associated illnesses, including heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease and vision loss.

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, there are things you can do to manage it, even without medication. Lifestyle changes – including the simple act of monitoring your own blood pressure on a regular basis – can play an important role in managing high blood pressure.

The Y Can Help

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA offers the evidence-based Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program for those who need help managing their blood pressure.

The four-month program teaches participants how to monitor their own blood pressure and includes:

  • Weekly blood pressure checks with a trained YMCA Healthy Heart Ambassador.
  • Four Nutritional seminars at the Y held during the program.

To qualify for our Blood-Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, participants must:

  • 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 of lymphedema

You do not need to be a YMCA member to participate in this program, which includes a blood pressure cuff for each participant. Classes meets on Tuesdays at 12:30. Registration is required.

Contact Donna Peart at 908-889-8880 or dpeart@fspymca.org and take action to improve your heart health.