Participants will receive support from trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the 4-month program. During this time, participants will be encouraged to:
You will record your blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use tracking tool of your own choosing. The Y can provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.
Healthy Heart Ambassadors: Certified Healthy Heart Ambassadors will train you on the proper technique for taking your own blood pressure readings accurately, will assist you in identifying trends and patterns in your readings over time and will provide ongoing support as you work to make blood pressure self-monitoring a habit and build confidence in managing your own blood pressure well.
Office Hour Consultations: Healthy Heart Ambassadors are available each week for one-on-one 10-minute consultations to support you as you continue to better manage your blood pressure. You’ll be asked to attend at least two consultations a month, but you will be welcome any time a Healthy Heart Ambassador is on-duty. To ensure you feel supported throughout the program,you will also receive weekly emails, calls or text messages from a Healthy Heart Ambassador.
Nutrition Education Seminars: Seminars will highlight how food is related to blood pressure management and will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make heart-healthy choices. Seminar topics include reducing sodium intake and heart-healthy eating. Each 60-minute seminar will also offer an opportunity for you to take your own blood pressure with coaching on proper technique from an on-site Heart Healthy Ambassador.
Healthy Heart Ambassador & Program Director