Living Healthy with High Blood Pressure is a 2.5 hour interactive educational session for people who have registered to attend a 6-week Self-Management Program and who have been diagnosed with hypertension or high blood pressure.
Participants of this supplementary High Blood Pressure session will learn how to better manage their condition. Topics covered during the workshop include: What is High Blood Pressure, Problems with Salt/Sodium Intake, and Knowing Your Numbers.
Living Healthy with High Blood Pressure participants go on to attend a 6-week Self-Management Program to allow for further discussion on topics such as healthy eating, physical activity and exercise, medication responsibilities, and communication with your healthcare provider.
Living Healthy with High Blood Pressure was developed at the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness, and piloted in the Capital Region of New York State. Data gathered on the session participants included knowledge of hypertension and utilization of lifestyle management activities as well as the voluntary collecting of blood pressure at each session. Pre and post questionnaires were completed and indicated that knowledge of hypertension and health lifestyle activities both significantly increased. There were notable increases in participants monitoring blood pressure at home, quitting smoking and following recommended eating plans. Finally, there were trends over time for lowered blood pressure readings for both systolic and diastolic scores with systolic reduction almost statistically significant. The majority of participants reported that the session proved to be very helpful; that they learned new ideas and all said they would encourage others to complete the module.
To find out more about Living Healthy with High Blood Pressure in your community call the NYS QTAC 877-496-2780 or QTAC@albany.edu.