The Boston Public Health Commission and the YMCA of Greater Boston encourage Boston residents with high blood pressure to get active!
Black and Latino residents have higher rates of chronic disease compared to White residents. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a major risk factor for these diseases. Approximately 52% of Black and 42% of Latino residents age 45-64 are diagnosed with high blood pressure. While symptoms may not present themselves, hypertension is a dangerous condition that contributes to heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, and eye problems.
The REACH Hypertension Initiative aims to strengthen clinical and community links to improve hypertension outcomes. This work aligns with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts™ initiative by helping residents control their blood pressure through physical activity and offering educational resources to increase awareness of salt intake. Regular physical activity can lower high blood pressure and reduce the chances of developing life threatening illnesses. Being more active can lower blood pressure by an average of 4 to 9 mmHg—the same outcome as many high blood pressure medications!
Together with the YMCA of Greater Boston, we launched Get Active!
, a program that allows healthcare providers to refer hypertensive Black and/or Latino residents to the YMCA. Program participants receive a free three-month YMCA gym membership with the possibility of a 1-year extension, as well as information
on reducing sodium intake
from their healthcare site.
Participants are encouraged to use one of the following YMCA sites:
The McGrath Family Aquatics Center at the Thomas M. Menino (Hyde Park) YMCA
Weight room at the the Thomas M. Menino (Hyde Park) YMCA