The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one out of every three adults have high blood pressure and only half have their condition under control.

To combat those numbers, the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is partnering with the Williamsport Branch YMCA to offer a Heart Healthy Nutrition series aimed at lowering residents’ blood pressure. This is part of a national outreach program provided by the YMCA aimed at helping people diagnosed with high blood pressure get support as they learn how to manage their illness.

The Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program is a four-month program where participants monitor their blood pressure at home, attend a monthly program and have a one-on-one check in with a Heathy Heart Ambassador twice a month. This evidence-based program helps participants learn diet and lifestyle tips to help them reduce their blood pressure and manage it more effectively.

The library will offer a monthly nutrition and lifestyle program with the YMCA, as well as host Lisa Bennett, certified Heathy Heart Ambassador, at the library three hours a week for consultation time and free blood pressure checks.

Bennett will offer the first program, Reducing Sodium Intake, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Participants will learn about the healthy amount of sodium intake and easy swap outs in everyday foods that can help achieve a heart healthy amount. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536

For more information about participating in the full program, please contact the Williamsport Branch YMCA at 570-323-7134.

This program is one of the many ways Pennsylvania Public Libraries support the PA Forward Initiative through providing health literacy opportunities for learning. With a strong health literacy background, Pennsylvania residents can manage their family’s well-being to live longer, more productive lives.

The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.