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High Blood Pressure, “The Silent Killer” is preventable. 80 Million Adults have it, yet less than half have it under control. Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Differences in High Blood Pressure*: By Age – Older adults are more likely to have high blood pressure; about 65% of Americans age 60 or older have high blood pressure By Gender – Women are about as likely as men to develop high blood pressure in their lifetime; however, high blood pressure affects more men than women for people younger than 45 and women more than men for people over age 65. By Race/Ethnicity – African Americans have the highest rates among all racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. at 42% - among the highest in the world. They are followed by Whites, Hispanics, and Asians. Hispanics are generally the least aware they have blood pressure and least likely to be in treatment or have it under control. *"High Blood Pressure Facts," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 Feb.2015. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring (BPSM) Program is: A four month commitment to communicate with a Healthy Heart Ambassador once a week Participants attend monthly nutrition education seminars Participants “self-monitor”, or measure and track their own blood pressure at home The YMCA’s BPSM Program is designed to help participants: Reduce blood pressure Better blood pressure management Increase awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure Enhance knowledge to develop healthier eating habits.  If you are interested in participating in our BPSM Program at the Corona-Norco Family YMCA.

Contact: Lori Drengson at or 951-736-1415