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The YMCA offers programs that are specifically targeted to help those with chronic diseases, both to help alleviate symptoms and to aid in recovery.

Hypertension Prevention
(Blood Pressure Self Management)

Take action to improve heart health

How the program works

Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program. During this time, participants will be encouraged to:

  • Self-measure their blood pressure at least two times per month
  • Attend two personalized consultations per month
  • Attend monthly nutrition education seminars

Participants will record their blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use, self-selected tracking tool. The Y will provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.

Program Goals
  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Better blood pressure management
  • Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
  • Enhanced knowledge to develop healthier eating habits
To quality, participants will:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • Not have experienced a recent cardiac event
  • Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias

For more information about the program, contact:

Myrtle Beach

Deane Vinson, Health and Wellness Director

843.449.9622 or


Anne Salley, Health and Wellness Director

843.545.9622 or

CLICK HERE to watch a short video about the YMCA Blood Pressure Self Management Program.

liveFIT/Health Coaching

liveFIT can be the support you need as you seek better health and wellbeing, and it is free for members. In your initial appointment, you will work one on one with a Health Coach to help you set realistic and sustainable goals, along with a plan that fits with your goals, interests, and lifestyle. After your first meeting, you will check in with your Health Coach periodically for guidance and support until you are comfortable to move forward on your own. With your coach, you may cover a variety of topics, programs and other opportunities located at your Y and in the community.

Personal Trainers & Training Sessions

On the first visit to the Wellness Center, a health history questionnaire, informed consent, and when necessary, physician clearance are completed. After that, an appointment will be scheduled with a personal trainer.

Our certified Personal Training staff is also available for hire. Outside trainers must contact the Wellness Director for approval BEFORE training.


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