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Blood Pressure Program Slated For Norwalk

The Wilton Family Branch of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA will host a Blood Pressure Management Program.
The Wilton Family Branch of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA will host a Blood Pressure Management Program. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Health Department is proud to be a site for the Riverbrook YMCA Blood Pressure Management Program, part of its 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 and 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 have their blood pressure checked, but to participate in the full Blood Pressure Management Program, participants must be at least 18 years old, have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, not have experienced a recent cardiac event and 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 various nutrition and health topics at the Health Department. For example, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, staff will present a lecture, "A Dietary Approach to Manage Hypertension." All are welcome. For more information about the program or to RSVP for the lecture, please contact Genuario at 203-762-8384 Ext. 282 or magenuario@riverbrookymca.org.

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