Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Pilot

Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a week over four months may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. It also shows that proper nutrition, particularly with a reduction in sodium, can help to lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

Syracuse University has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Syracuse to facilitate the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring (BPSM) pilot for active benefits-eligible faculty and staff. This is an evidence-based program developed to support adults with hypertension in lowering and managing their blood pressure.

This four-month program focuses on practicing home self-monitoring of blood pressure readings, identifying triggers and adopting healthier eating habits to better manage high blood pressure. With the support from a trained YMCA Healthy Heart Ambassador (HHA), participants will:

  • Measure and record their blood pressure  at least two times per week
    • all participants will receive their own blood pressure cuff (included with the program) and receive instructions for proper use
    • BP cuff pickup will be at Skytop Office Building on ????
  • Meet one-on-one each week with Stephanie Michaels via Microsoft Teams
  • Attend one 45-minute seminar each month via Microsoft Teams
    • Thursday, March 18 (Noon – 12:45 p.m.): Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
    • Wednesday, April 14 (12:30-1:15 p.m.): Lowering Sodium Intake
    • Tuesday, May 11 (Noon – 12:45 p.m.): Shopping, Preparing and Cooking Food for Better Blood Pressure Management
    • Friday, June 11 (12:30 – 1:15 p.m.): Heart Healthy Eating for Life

You must be an active benefits-eligible faculty and staff that:

  • is diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or are on antihypertensive medication
  • has not experienced a recent (within the last 12 months) cardiac event
  • does not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias currently
  • does not have or are is at risk for lymphedema

The Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring pilot will be delivered by Stephanie Michaels, a YMCA lifestyle coach trained in group facilitation beginning the week of Feb. 22.

There is a maximum number of 12 participants per group. All interested participants that qualify will be placed on a list, the participants will be randomly chosen to participate. Stephanie Michaels, the intake coordinator from the YMCA of Central New York will contact the selected participants by Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Once you have been confirmed to be part of the BPSM pilot program, you will need to:

  • Join the group on Microsoft Teams
  • Sign up for your weekly one-on-one time slot
  • Pick up your blood pressure cuff, sign payroll deduction form and enrollment forms at Skytop Office Building (640 Skytop Road) on Friday, Feb. 19.
  • Attend the mandatory welcome session on Friday, Feb. 26 from noon-1p.m. via the Teams group.

The standard cost of the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring pilot is $100.

All participants enrolled in this pilot will contribute $60 via payroll deductions, but will have the opportunity for a full reimbursement by meeting the attendance criteria as well as blood pressure submissions.

  • Weekly paid employees agree to have $5 per week deducted from their paycheck (after taxes), starting Feb. 26 through May 14, 2021 for a total of $60.
  • Semi-weekly paid employees agree to have $10 deducted from their paycheck (after taxes), for a total of $60, starting March 3 through May 19, 2021.

All participants enrolled in the BPSM pilot have the opportunity to receive a full reimbursement of payroll deductions ($60) by meeting the criteria below.

Here’s how it works!

Reimbursement #1

You will receive $25 reimbursement if you:

  • Attend 6 out of 8 of your personalized check-ins (weeks 1-8)
  • Take your BP a minimum of 2 times per week using your at-home cuff
  • Provide weekly BP log to YMCA facilitator

You will receive an additional $5 reimbursement if you:

  • Attend 1 of the 2 monthly seminars 

Reimbursement #2

You will receive $25 reimbursement if you:

  • Attend 6 out of 8 of your personalized check-ins (weeks 9-16)
  • Take your BP a minimum of 2 times per week using your at-home cuff
  • Provide weekly BP log to YMCA facilitator

You will receive an additional $5 reimbursement if you:

  • Attend 1 of the 2 monthly seminars

The above equals a total of $60 reimbursed.