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Take Control Of Your Blood Pressure At Norwalk Health Department

Residents can take part in the Riverbrook YMCA's Blood Pressure Management Program, part of the Healthy Hearts Initiative, at the Norwalk Health Department.
Residents can take part in the Riverbrook YMCA's Blood Pressure Management Program, part of the Healthy Hearts Initiative, at the Norwalk Health Department. Photo Credit: Jason Baxter, Flickr

NORWALK, Conn. -- Residents will be able to learn about getting their blood pressure in check at the Norwalk Health Department during the Riverbrook YMCA's Blood Pressure Management Program, part of the Healthy Hearts Initiative.

The evidence-based program helps people understand and control their blood pressure through a combination of blood pressure self-monitoring, physical activity tracking, nutrition education and personalized support.

The program is from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays at the health department. Community members are welcome to drop in during those hours to have their blood pressure screened or to learn more about the program.

“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,” said Mary Ann Genuario, health and fitness director at the Riverbrook YMCA.

Anyone can come down and have their blood pressure checked, but to participate in the full Blood Pressure Management Program, participants:

  • 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
“The Health Department is happy to partner with the Riverbrook YMCA on this exciting program,” said Theresa Argondezzi, health educator at the Norwalk Health Department. “We understand how important it is to identify and control chronic conditions like high blood pressure, and we’re glad to help the Y bring this valuable program out into the community.”

Occasionally, YMCA staff will present programs on various nutrition and health topics at the health department. All are welcome. For more information about the program or to RSVP for the nutrition lecture, please contact Genuario at (203) 762-8384 Ext. 282 or magenuario@riverbrookymca.org .

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