According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million adults have high blood pressure in this country. Less than half have it under control.

High blood pressure is most prevalent in racial and ethnic minority populations, and is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms. 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.

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 regular home self-monitoring of one’s blood pressure using proper measuring techniques, individualized support, and group-based 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, gaining increased awareness of triggers that impact blood pressure readings 
  • Learn how to properly measure their blood pressure 
  • Attend two personalized consultations per month 
  • Attend monthly Nutrition Education Seminars


  • 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

Email with questions or submit your interest here to get started.

Central YMCA, 1717 The Alameda, San Jose
Southwest YMCA, 13500 Quito Rd, Saratoga

YMCA Members – Program participation is included with membership; $40 if blood pressure cuff is needed
Non YMCA Member – $120 per 4-month participation; additional $40 if blood pressure cuff is needed.

Drop-in consultations are available during the follow days/times.

Central YMCA Southwest YMCA
Mondays: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Tuesdays: 9:45am - 11:15am
Tuesdays: 11:30am - 1:00pm Tuesdays: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am - 11:30am Saturdays: 9:00am - 10:30am

Monthly seminars are open to all members and the community. 

Seminar Topics Central YMCA - Sunroom
Thursdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Southwest YMCA - Rec Room
Mondays 4:00pm -5:00pm
Reducing Sodium Intake September 21 September 25
Shopping, Cooking and Preparing Food for Better Blood Pressure Management October 19 October 23
Heart Healthy Eating for Life November 16 November 20



If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or are on antihypertensive medication, take action by completing this intake and qualification form.