Croí MyBalance – Registration Now Open

Registration Details

When: Thursday evenings from 6 pm – 7 pm, starting March 31st (5 weeks)

Where: The programme will take place virtually via Zoom

Cost: €60

Do you:

  • Struggle with your weight?
  • Feel like you’re constantly on and off a diet?
  • Use food as a comfort or coping mechanism?
  • Feel overwhelmed and confused by the amount of diet information available?

Would you like to:

  • Try a new approach to healthy living?
  • Press pause on the desire for weight loss and focus on health gains?
  • Learn strategies for managing emotional eating?
  • Learn more about the concept of ‘Best Weight’ and how you can find yours?
  • Get an overview of the basics of healthy eating without strict food rules, calorie counting or restriction?

If so, you might be interested in taking part in our new 5-week Croí MyBalance programme.

This programme has been designed by Croí’s Specialist Cardiac and Weight Management Dietitian, with input from Croí’s Health Psychologist.

The programme will take place virtually, via Zoom, on Thursday evenings from 6 pm – 7 pm, starting on March 31st. The sessions are led by Croí’s Dietitian but are designed to be interactive, giving you the opportunity to ask questions on a weekly basis. In addition to the live sessions, you will also receive weekly emails, worksheets and recordings.

The weekly topics are:

  1. Moving away from dieting and focusing on weight loss.
  2. Strategies for managing emotional and binge eating.
  3. Managing emotions with Dr Lisa Hynes.
  4. Foundations of a heart-healthy way of eating.
  5. Learn how to read food labels and advice on maintaining changes long term.

Registration Details

When: Thursday evenings from 6 pm – 7 pm, starting March 31st (5 weeks)

Where: The programme will take place virtually via Zoom

Cost: €60

For more information, please call (091) 544310 or email

New Appointment at Croí

Mark O’Donnell, Croí’s new Head of Foundation and Chief Operations Officer, pictured at Croí Centre, Galway.

Local heart and stroke charity, Croí, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark O’Donnell to the new position of Head of Foundation and Chief Operations Officer.

Mark joins Croí with over 20 years of experience across public management functions, having worked in both Galway City and County local authorities, as well as a number of years as Director of the West Regional Authority, where he managed a range of EU co-financed projects.

He has worked in a broad range of public management functions, including capital project planning and delivery, governance and HR management.

More recently, Mark held the position of Executive Director with Galway’s award-winning spectacle theatre company, Macnas. He also serves as a non-executive director on a voluntary basis with a number of not-for-profit organisations. A graduate of NUI Galway, Mark has academic qualifications in Law, Finance, Governance and Management.

This year, Croí, which was founded in 1985, celebrates 10 years in its purpose-built Heart & Stroke Centre in Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway. The primary focus of Croí’s work in the community is on preventing cardiovascular disease, saving lives and promoting recovery and wellbeing through lifestyle and behaviour change.

The work of Croí continues to develop and expand, being responsive to the changing needs of those living with, or affected by, heart disease and stroke. Since the pandemic, our support and health programmes now include online delivery, supporting thousands of people across Ireland with new services including our award-winning Heartlink West telephone support service and weekly virtual health chats and consultations. We are delighted to have Mark O’Donnell join our team where his skills, expertise and passion for community development will contribute greatly to our work”, says Neil Johnson, Chief Executive, Croí.

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