Free to those who qualify based on a hypertension diagnosis or elevated blood pressure readings, the program features six weekly in-person or phone meetings with personalized advice. Topics include how to accurately monitor blood pressure and manage medications, along with simple tips to reduce stress, increase activity, and lower sodium and cholesterol intake – all of which can help lower blood pressure.
“The beauty of this program is that we can figure out what resonates with each person, identify attainable goals, and build on those small steps,” says Neftali. “It doesn’t have to be a chore – when something works, it’s more sustainable.”
Doreen’s plan included starting some light exercise, parking at the farthest spot in store parking lots, comparing sodium levels in food labels, and stretching before bed to reduce stress and promote better sleep. By the end of the program, her blood pressure had dropped from 136/94 to 122/80.
“Slow and steady wins the race,” says Doreen. “I feel better, have more energy, and am more proactive about my health.”