Trick or Treat yourself Fit with Croí

The trick to getting fit and staying healthy is picking the right exercise for you. To give you a helping hand, Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, have developed a new class timetable in a virtual format so you have the ability to participate from the comfort of your own home! These classes include: Mojo Moves, Nifty Lifters, Yoga, Yogalates, CLANN Fitness and Regenerate.

The treat is that being physically active prevents and helps control a multitude of health problems especially heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Our class offerings provide accessible fun and enjoyable fitness solutions. We offer an opportunity for healthy individuals and those with diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease and other long-term health condition, to commence safe and beneficial exercise led by trained professionals. Classes are ideally suited to anyone trying to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

“Our classes have been very successful over the past few years and thus we now see the need to improve and increase our virtual offerings. Many of our participants have improved their cardiovascular fitness, decreased their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and overall participants are living healthier lives,” says Croi’s Physiotherapy Manager, Denise Dunne.

Classes include both aerobic and weight lifting offerings and are specially designed to suit all levels of fitness. Prior to enrolling in the classes, individuals will be assessed to ascertain current fitness levels and exercise will be prescribed based on this assessment. “The social interaction and group inclusion is also another benefit of our classes. Over the last few months it has been a pleasure to see the many friendships develop between class members, albeit virtually,” says Dunne.

Participants really enjoy the classes, saying: “Just brilliant – did things I have never done before” and “enjoyed all aspects of the class, the structure was excellent and the variety of exercises was very good”. Above all, participants commented that “it helps me to continue on the right track”.

Classes start the week of October 27th online via Zoom. For further information or to book a place on any of our classes please head over to our website or call Croí on 091-544310.

Putting Focus on Stroke – World Stroke Day, Thursday October 29th.

As many as 1 in 5 people in Galway will have a stroke at some time in their lives. A stroke which is a ‘brain attack’ – is to the brain, what a heart attack is to the heart, says local heart & stroke charity Croí, ahead of World Stoke Day on Thursday October 29th.

“Stroke is one of the biggest causes of death and disability across the world” says Croí CEO Neil Johnson. “A stroke, which is a blood clot or bleed in the brain, can be fatal and cause death or cause irreversible damage to different parts of the brain which control, for example, our speech, our thinking or our movement. Many causes of stroke are completely outside of our control, however, there are some causes which we can prevent, such as high blood pressure or untreated heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation.

To mark World Stroke Day, Croí invites people to a FREE Webinar on Thursday October 29th from 7pm – 8.30pm to learn more about stroke, stroke recovery and how to prevent one. A panel of local medical and nursing experts will speak on the causes and signs and symptoms of a stroke while a local stroke survivor will share her experience of stroke, stroke recovery and living life after a stroke. The event is supported by local company, Surmodics (Ballinasloe) who are corporate partners to the Croí Stroke Programmes & Supports.

Announcing details of the event, Croí CEO Neil Johnson says “this is a great opportunity to learn more about stroke, its impact and most importantly the steps we can take to reduce our risk of a stroke. People usually think of a stroke as an older persons problem but unfortunately, stroke has no respect for age or gender. In fact, we are increasingly seeing more cases or ‘young and working age’ strokes. The impact of a stroke can be devastating both for the survivor and their families. While incredible advances have been made in terms of stroke detection and stroke treatment, we have a long way to go in Ireland in terms of stroke recovery and rehabilitation post hospital discharge.”

Guest speakers on the Croí World Stroke Day Webinar on October 29th are:

  • Dr Niamh Hannon, Stroke Specialist, Galway University Hospital
  • Trish Galvin, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Stroke Care, Galway University Hospital
  • Ciara Breen, Senior Occupational Therapist, Galway University Hospital
  • Norita Ní Chartúr, Stroke Survivor

Registration for this Webinar, which is FREE, is now open at

Charity ‘Virtual Night Run’ attracts almost 2,000 participants!

The 6th Annual Croí Night Run (5km) scheduled for October 9th was yet another in a line of West of Ireland charity fundraising events that had to be ‘re-imagined’ due to Covid-19. Despite having to be changed to a ‘virtual event’, the Night Run which has become one of the charity’s biggest annual fundraising events, exceeded all expectations this year, attracting almost 2,000 participants and raising over €70,000.

Thanks to the event sponsor, Evergreen Healthfoods, 100% of proceeds from this event will go directly to Croí. This year’s media sponsor, iRadio, partnered with Croí in the run up to the event and throughout the day with motivational programming to encourage runners as they took on their 5k.

One of the unexpected benefits of becoming a ‘virtual’ event was that runners and walkers from all over the west of Ireland and indeed from as far away as Perth, Australia and New York USA were able to participate. Just under 2,000 people across towns & villages throughout counties Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Donegal, Clare and Limerick, together with hundreds of people throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia and USA did their own 5km walk or run on Oct 9th or on subsequent nights in support of the fight against heart disease and stroke in the West of Ireland.

“While we were disappointed not to be able to have our annual Night Run on the Salthill Promenade this year, our first priority is to protect those we serve as they are most at risk of COVID-19, so we decided to pivot to a virtual event.   We have been overwhelmed by the show of support from all of those who have joined us in the new format ”says Croí’s Director of Fundraising, Christine Flanagan.

Speaking after the event, Croí CEO Neil Johnson said “the level of support this year has been phenomenal. Despite all the challenges of the pandemic, people has shown enormous generosity and demonstrated huge support for our work. At a time of greatest need, we are hugely grateful to everyone who supported us. The funds raised this year will be used to support our Covid Response Initiatives which include ‘Heartlink West’ – a dedicated phone and on-line support service for those living with or affected by heart disease and stroke. Our multi-disciplinary health team are responding to up to 80 calls per week from across the west of Ireland from those with heart and stroke concerns and worries as a consequence of Covid-19 ”

The Croí Heartlink West support and advice service is available free of charge, Monday to Friday by calling 091-544310.

Christine Flanagan, Director of Fundraising, Croí; Kieran & Aideen Hurley, Owners, Evergreen Healthfoods