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. Proper nutrition with a reduction in sodium and in engaging in regular physical activity each week can also lead to a considerable reduction in blood pressure. 


MONitoring matters

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country. Million Hearts® is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time. Y-USA is one of several partners in the Million Hearts campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The YMCA of Lenawee County in partnership with WISEWOMAN and Family Medical Center of Michigan is providing a program to help prevent heart disease through self-monitoring and recording. 


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 monthly nutrition education seminars

> This program is available to YMCA members 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. 



> $40 for those in need of a blood pressure monitor (includes blood pressure cuff, heart healthy nutrition education, personalized support from a Healthy Heart Ambassador, and a self-tracking tool)

> $20 for those who already own a blood pressure monitor (includes heart healthy nutrition education, personalized support from a Healthy Heart Ambassador, and a self-tracking tool)

Financial assistance available for those in need. 


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



enrollment is now open! 

Please download the enrollment form and the authorization for use and disclosure of health information form below.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Enrollment Form

Authorization for Use and Disclosure of Health Information Form


Questions? please contact our healthy heart ambassadors


Ted Crockett | 517-417-6111 |  ted@ymcaoflenawee.org

Rachel Gifford | 517-417-6103 |  rachel@ymcaoflenawee.org

Tim Wilson | 517-417-6108


The YMCA of Lenawee County is proudly partnered with WISEWOMAN and Family Medical Center of Michigan.