Adventure, endurance the challenge of Summer 2016

Adventure, endurance the challenge of Summer 2016

Sunday, 21st August 2016 will see the return of the fourth Étape Connemara. This popular chip timed cycle sportive attracts riders both nationally and internationally taking in the stunning rugged landscape of Connemara. Cyclists can choose from a 100km or a 150km course and is open to both club and leisure riders. The event is all in aid of Croí, the Heart and Stroke Charity based in Galway. In the last three years the Étape has helped to generate much needed funds for the charity and already there is huge interest in this year’s event with over 100 cyclists already registered. This year Étape Connemara is delighted to announce the appointment of Edwina Treacy to the role of Fundraising Events Manager with Croi Heart and Stroke Charity and welcome Brian Clancy to the role of Race Director for the 2016 event.

Pictured at the launch of the event Gavan Hennigan Irish Extreme Environment Athlete said “It is great to be involved with Étape Connemara 2016 there is nothing like a challenge to get people motivated and involved!” Hennigan is currently training for his next mammoth adventure completely solo and unsupported, bidding to be one of only a handful of people on the planet to have rowed the Atlantic Ocean.

Participants compete against the clock to complete the challenging 100km and 150km routes through Connemara, where their finishing time becomes the target to beat the following year. For individuals, this is a great opportunity to challenge yourself against some of the best club cyclists in the country. For clubs, Étape Connemara encourages members to work together and push themselves without the pressure of an official race, but still getting an official time!

Departing from Croí House in Newcastle, Galway, cyclists will take in Moycullen, Oughterard, Maam Cross, The Maam Valley, Clonbur, Finny, Lough Na Fooey before heading back to Galway for a well earned BBQ at Croí House.

Croí expect this year will be the biggest Étape Connemara to date with 500 cyclists predicted to take part. Any individual or club wishing to take up the challenge and help support Croí should contact Croí Fundraising Events Manager, Edwina Treacy, Tel: 091 542404 or Email: edwina@croi.ie. The entry fee is €45 early bird until July 31st.

Fruit juice: Friend or Foe?

Like many of us, do you eagerly put cartons of juice in your shopping trolley in an effort to help your family achieve their Five-a-Day quota? Buyer beware – while fruit juice is tasty and refreshing, it is not a healthier alternative to whole fruit. So while we’re all keen to increase our daily fruit intake we should be careful not to load up on fruit juice.

The biggest problem with fruit juice is the high sugar content, lack of fibre and the quantity at which it is consumed. The main difference between whole fruit and fruit juice is the fibre content, when fruit is pressed or squeezed to make juice some nutrients and most notably fibre is lost. A small glass (100mls) of unsweetened fruit juice can provide one portion of your recommended Five-a-Day. However, if you drink more than a small glass it will still only account for one portion of your Five-a-Day!

The role of fibre

Fibre present in whole fruit has many health benefits, it promotes both heart and digestive health by helping to reduce blood cholesterol, control blood sugar levels and prevent constipation. It also keeps us feeling fuller for longer which has the added benefit for weight control. Whole fruit has moderate to high amounts of fibre, the fibre slows down the digestive process and provides a slow release of sugar in to the blood stream. Fruit juice has no fibre therefore the sugar is released in to the blood stream more rapidly and elevates blood sugar levels more quickly than whole fruit.

Be cautious of juice drinks

Many juice drinks available in supermarkets contain a small amount of real fruit juice and are often high in sugar. Therefore, it is easy to consume a large amount of calories with little nutritional benefit. Many people may consider fruit flavoured juice drinks to be a healthier alternative to fizzy soft drinks, however, a recent survey compared the sugar content of drinks regularly consumed by the public and showed that a 200ml serving of a popular juice drink contained as much sugar as the equivalent serving of well-known fizzy soft drinks. There is strong evidence to link the consumption of high sugar drinks with obesity.

Top Tips:

  • For optimum nutrition choose whole fruit over fruit juice.
  • If including fruit juice keep it to a small glass (100mls) of 100% fruit juice that contains no added sugar.
  • Remember that a small glass (100mls) of fruit juice only contributes to one of your five-a-day regardless of how much you consume.
  • If you are giving fruit juices to children, dilute it one part juice to ten parts water.
  • All fruit juices are acidic and can damage teeth so are best kept to meal times.
  • Water is the best alternative to high sugar drinks, including fruit juice.

Croí Nutrition & Dietetic Team

 

TG4 Ros na Run stars and local community get behind Darts night in memory of Diarmuid Mac An Adhastair

TG4 Ros na Run stars and local community get behind Darts night in memory of Diarmuid Mac An Adhastair

Diarmuid, who was known for his trademark cap, loved playing farmer Seamus Mhicil Tom, a character who tormented the Gardai and the authorities with his tricks, poaching and poitin-making. Diarmuid’s son organised a mixed darts night and raffle in memory of his father and presented a cheque for €4,550 to Croi Heart and Stroke Charity. (Picture Left to Right) Edwina Treacy, Events Manager Croi Heart and Stroke Charity & Caomhan Nestor.

Heart Failure Toolkit

Heart Failure Patient Toolkit Launched

A new Heart Failure Patient Toolkit, specially developed for people with heart failure and their families, is brought to you by the Heart Failure Patient Alliance – a partnership between the heart and stroke charity Croí (the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation) and The Heartbeat Trust (a national Heart Failure charity), which aims to increase awareness of Heart Failure and provide a voice for those living with the condition.

In this Toolkit you will find

  • Practical advice on living with Heart Failure.
  • Tips on improving your health and wellbeing with healthy lifestyle changes like being active and eating well.
  • Videos featuring advice from Irish people living with Heart Failure as well as a range of health care professionals such as a cardiologist, a GP, a dietitian, a heart failure nurse specialist and more.
  • Quizzes and patient case studies to strengthen your knowledge and understanding.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR HEART FAILURE TOOLKIT

Creation of this Toolkit was sponsored by Novartis

Schools out – let’s move

Schools out – let’s move

By Caroline Costello Croi Physical Activity Specialist

There is a growing concern about children’s inactivity levels worldwide and unfortunately Ireland didn’t fare too well in a recent report card. A new international scale of children’s physical activity levels has graded Ireland with a D minus – according to data from all over the island of Ireland only 12% to 43% of our children do enough physical activity. Being active has huge benefits for children’s physical and mental health as well as helping to maintain a healthy body composition.

Seeing that school holidays are upon us, keeping the children active is a definite winner. Every step counts, so try to get the kids to do at least 1 hour of moderate to vigorous activity every day. Include muscle and bone strengthening exercises at least three times a week, such as climbing the stairs, pushups, sit-ups, or simply any weight bearing exercise.

Remember physical activity doesn’t have to be hard or scary, even active free play can be beneficial, this includes unstructured outdoor activity in the children’s own time or simply spontaneous activities – riding bikes with their friends, hop scotch, skipping or running around the park.

Like us, kids also enjoy variety. Find activities your child likes and it won’t be exercise, it will be fun. Here are a few simple tips:

· Motivate kids to want to be active

· Try different activities so your child will pick up new skills, and stay interested and challenged

· Be active yourself

· Spend active time with your child

· Find exercise you can do as a family

· Limit screen time (TV/Computer)

Tips for parents

It's hard enough to exercise the rest of the year, but add holidays to the mix and many of us find exercise becomes less of a priority as our to-do lists grow longer. The last thing you want is more stress and, for many of us, trying to keep to our usual workout program does just that. At the same time, staying active in some way will give you energy, reduce stress and tension and, of course, help mitigate some of the extra calories you may be eating.

If you're traveling, planning ahead can make all the difference. Take some time to figure out what activity options are available at your destination. Prepare yourself for any eventuality and engage in activities to help you and your family stay active this summer.

The most important thing is to be realistic. You aren't always in charge of your schedule during the holidays, so you can only do your best.

Croi Corporate Golf Cup

20 Teams played for the Inaugural Croi Corporate Cup, sponsored by DHKN Chartered Accountants, at Galway Bay Golf & Country Club on Friday last June 17th.

Photo shows the winning Team from Creagh Medical, Ballinasloe (Left to Right): Mark Gantly Director Croi, David Costello ( Creagh Medical), Stephen Crowley ( Director DHKN, Sponsors) , Eoin McEvoy (Creagh Medical), Kevin O'Reilly, Chairman Croi , Paul Madden and Noel Fox (Creagh Medical).

Memorial Event turns to Gold for Charity!

Memorial Event turns to Gold for Charity!

The Anthony O’Brien Memorial Cycle was organised in memory of a young man who died suddenly in April last year. Anthony’s friends, family and wife Deirdre formed an organising committee who received support from far and wide in their fundraising efforts for local heart & stroke charity Croi. Anthony lived in Athlone with his wife Deirdre and baby daughter Ella and was an employee of Galway based Corrib Oil. The family have strong Galway connections as Anthony’s father is originally from Killimor, Co Galway and his wife Deirdre trained as a nurse at Galway University Hospital. Almost 300 cyclists completed the charity cycle and this together with a range of other fundraising events yielded a huge sum for charity.

Pictured at the presentation of proceeds from the Anthony O’Brien Memorial Cycle in aid of Croi, photo shows (Front Row, left to right): Eugene Dalton, Corrib Oil; Anthony’s parents Mary & Kevin O’Brien and Neil Johnson, Croi; (Back Row left to right): Anthony’s wife Deirdre and sisters Edel Walsh & Majella Kelly.

A trip to the Barbers could save your Life!

A trip to the Barbers could save your Life!

Launched by Eric Elwood of Connaught rugby this campaign will involve Barber Shops across the West of Ireland spreading important messages about the main signs and symptoms of heart attack to its customers. Lending his support to this health initiative, Eric Elwood, expressed his delight at being involved in a project which will inevitably save lives.

Speaking about this initiative Director of Programmes at Croí Irene Gibson said “This campaign, aims to raise awareness about heart attack, one of the leading causes of death in Ireland. We are encouraging everyone to learn the main signs and symptoms of heart attack and to take immediate action by phoning 999 or 112 for an ambulance, if you suspect that you, or a family member, may be having a heart attack. All too often, people wait too long to take appropriate action; which can limit treatment options, increase the risk of complications, and unfortunately, in too many cases, individuals die at home before they seek help. By working with the Barber Shops during Men’s Health Week we are hoping to spread the message to as many men as possible. While it may seem an unusual setting for a health message many of the Barbers who have come on board have been really eager to get involved and spread the campaign message to their customers, in an effort to save lives.”

Co-ordinator of Cardiac Rehabilitation in Mayo University Hospital, Ann Marie Brown, welcomed the campaign by saying “So many individuals who come through the cardiac rehabilitation service are often very surprised that they did not recognise they were having a heart attack at the time of their cardiac event. Unfortunately, many people still believe that the experience of a heart attack will be similar to that portrayed on the TV, in other words, they expect to experience the crushing chest pain or collapse on the floor, and if they do not experience these, they are left thinking that their symptoms are unrelated to heart attack. It is important that the public realise that there are many other signs of heart attack, and by becoming aware of these, we hope people will seek medical help sooner.”

With Heart Attack, minutes matter, so the key message during this campaign is ‘Know the Signs of Heart Attack and Take Immediate Action by calling 999 or 112’.

‘Golf Nut’ to speak at Charity Golf Classic

‘Golf Nut’ to speak at Charity Golf Classic

Well known Irish Golf writer, Ivan Morris who was Voted ‘Golf Nut of the Year’ by the Golf Nut Society of America in 2002 (the first non-American to receive the dubious accolade) based on the strength of his first bookOnly Golf Spoken Here’ will be the guest after-dinner speaker at the Inaugural Croi Corporate Golf Classic which will take place in Galway Bay Golf and Country Club on Friday June 17th. Morris who has been a category one golfer for over fifty years has competed in countless international and regional amateur championships is a fanatical golf enthusiast and has written many books on Golf, his latest being, ‘Life As A Way Of Golf’

The event which is being sponsored by DHKN Chartered Accountants & Corporate Finance, is attracting some of the largest companies in the west of Ireland to compete for the Croí Corporate Cup and many other great prizes. Announcing the event, Croi Chairman Kevin O Reilly said “ this event is an important fundraiser for Croi and offers business people an opportunity for networking while at the same time supporting the fight against Heart Disease & Stroke in the west of Ireland.” The day kicks off with a light lunch before Golf, followed by dinner in the Clubhouse and there are only a limited number of team places still available.

For more information contact Kieran Browne 086 2603157 or call Croí Galway on 091 544310.