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Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program at YMCA of Reading and Berks County

Story written by Nancy Labat

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program at YMCA of Reading and Berks County

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half (46%) of adults have high blood pressure. This disease is referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms; and it is a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. The YMCA of Reading and Berks County is offering to assist members of our community at no cost, thanks to the generosity of the Berks County Community Foundation’s Home Health Care Foundation Fund, by launching its new Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program starting August 1, 2022.

Alyssa Bushkie, Director of Operations for the YMCA of Reading and Berks County, states “Our Y association is proud to join over 100 other YMCAs in 30 states to offer this program and help participants better manage their blood pressure. The opportunity to expand our healthy living footprint in Berks to include chronic disease programming is one that we are extremely excited about.” The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program is designed 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 techniques, one on one consultations, support, and group-based nutrition education for better blood pressure management. This evidence-based program does involve a four-month commitment to the before mentioned components of the program.

Members of our community, who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, can register for this program at the Reading, Sinking Spring and Mifflin branches starting July 1, 2022, by visiting For more information or questions please contact Alyssa Bushkie at 610-378-4710 or [email protected].

The mission of the YMCA of Reading & Berks County is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. For over 160 years we have been the heart of the community we serve. The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. The Y is so much more.