Welcome to the Valley Points Family YMCA
In one way or another, we're all connected to the Y. Whether it's where you discovered a talent that became a lifelong passion, were encouraged by a mentor, or where you turn for support with a healthy lifestyle.
At the Valley Points Family YMCA, we believe our programming lays the groundwork for healthy futures, builds a sense of community, and conveys the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Yes, children learn to swim, kids have somewhere to go after school and we teach about healthy lifestyles, but the Y is far more than that. The Y is a place where kids find direction, families come together and people rally to make a difference.
With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that people of all ages and from all walks of life have access to the essentials needed to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE Y
1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure.
Only about half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.
The Valley Points Family YMCA is pleased to offer the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, designed to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure. This evidence-based program combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education seminars and personalized support.
The Y developed this program to help individuals better manage hypertension and improve their overall health. According to the American Heart Association, more than 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, but less than half have it under control. Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure in some people with hypertension. In addition, evidence shows that proper nutrition, particularly with a reduction in sodium intake, may help reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressures.
As part of the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program, participants will measure their blood pressure at least two times a month for four consecutive months—a minimum of eight times—and record their blood pressure readings in a self-selected tracking tool. A nutrition education component will encourage participants to practice healthier eating habits, including reducing sodium in their diet.
The program is facilitated by Healthy Heart Ambassadors, appointed and trained by the Y, who will show participants how to use a blood pressure monitor, encourage self-monitoring and facilitate monthly nutrition education seminars.
Benefits of participating in the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program include:
- A simple, evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure
- Personalized support from a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador
- Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
- Easy-to-use, portable self-tracking tool
- Heart healthy nutrition education seminars
Participants must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must be diagnosed with high blood pressure
- Must not have experienced a recent cardiac event
- Must not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
- Must not be at risk for lymphedema
For more information, please contact Melanie Garee, MD, Senior Program Director of Healthy Living at (724-845-1968) or email.
NATIONAL COMMITMENT: YMCA of the USA is one of several partners in the Million Hearts® campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the campaign is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 through heart disease prevention activities.