February is American Heart Month, and with recently published research indicating blood pressure has worsened in both men and women since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Morris Area YMCA urges our community to make their health a priority by getting a blood pressure screening. Blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association indicate that nearly half of all Americans (46%) have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is often referred to as the "Silent Killer" because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.

While high blood pressure and heart disease are serious conditions, the good news is a health heart is an achievable goal through lifestyle changes such as regularly monitoring your own blood pressure, lowering sodium intake, eating healthier, and getting more physical activity. Getting help can be as easy as contacting the Y and taking part in free blood pressure screenings offered at no cost, in partnership with the American Heart Association and Berkeley College.

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings:

  • February 7th 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • February 21st 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • March 6th 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • March 20th 10:00 am-12:00 pm


The West Morris Area YMCA is also offering a Heart Health Presentation, free of charge, with guest speakers Victoria Buhl, Community Impact Director, American Heart Association Heart Health-cardiovascular disease, hyptertension, reducing your risk and Kimberly Varner, Weis Senior Regional Dietician, Tips for eating to improve your heart health. Heart healthy recipe ideas, a coupon  for Weis Markets, and sample a heart-smart treat. This heart health presentation will be held at the West Morris Area YMCA on February 21st from 12:00-1:00 pm. Sign up here 

February 2nd, 2024