Take your health to heart this June with Croí’s Health Fairs

Croí, the heart and stroke charity, is hitting the road this June, with heart health fairs in four locations across Mayo –  Castlebar, Mulranny, Swinford and Ballina. Attend a free Health Fair to meet the Croí Health Team and get your blood pressure checked, get your heart health questions answered by the experts, participate in interactive sessions and meet with community groups active in your area.

All four events will have participation from local community groups who will have stands and information on the services their offer in those areas. There will also be educational talks and practical demonstrations conducted by members of the Croí health team and some community groups at all four locations. Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

Community Partners include: Mayo Sports Partnership, Teagasc, Mayo North East, Mayo Mental Health Association, Mayo County Library, Age Friendly Mayo (with Older Persons Council), Flourish Social Prescribing, Mayo Travellers Support Group, Castlebar Family Resource Centre, Family Carers Ireland, Healthy Communities and HSE Living Well.

Join us at one of these locations!

CASTLEBAR HEALTH FAIR

Date – Thursday, June 2nd

Time – 1pm to 6.30pm

Location – Castlebar Mitchels GAA Club

Plus, Public talk: Know Your Blood Pressure!

7-8pm in Castlebar Mitchels GAA Club

Expert panel of speakers includes:

  • Dr Joe Loftus, a GP based in Castlebar
  • Dr Lisa Hynes, Croí’s Head of Health Programmes
  • Madeline Rabbitt, lead nurse with Croí Third Age Mayo Project
  • Michelle Moriarty, Carer Support Manager, Family Carers Ireland

MULRANNY HEALTH FAIR

Date – Tuesday, June 7th

Time – 11am to 4pm

Location – The Mulranny Park Hotel

SWINFORD HEALTH FAIR

Date – Thursday, June 9th

Time – 11am to 4pm

Location – The Gateway Hotel

BALLINA HEALTH FAIR

Date – Tuesday, June 14th

Time – 1pm to 6.30pm

Location – Ballina Stephenites GAA Club

Win a smart watch!

All those who attend and get their blood pressure checked will be entered into a draw to win one of two Garmin smart watches.

Own it: Be proactive and take responsibility for your health and well-being

As we get older, age-related heart disease and stroke become more prevalent. What can you do today, now, to improve your health? Keep making or start making better choices.

Check it: Know your risk factors and engage with your healthcare professional

  • A consistent blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high blood pressure.
  • Focus on the risk factors you can change, because there is a lot you can do to reduce your risk and prevent disease. More than 80% of heart disease and stroke can be prevented with lifestyle changes
  • If you are over 55 years of age, you should have your blood pressure checked once a year.

Sort it: Take control with appropriate action to keep you healthy for longer

  • Ireland has one of the highest rates of high blood pressure internationally, but among the lowest levels of diagnosis, treatment and control of the condition.
  • High blood pressure can be easily detected. A blood pressure test is a simple way of checking if your blood pressure is too high.
    • Action on getting BP checked: If you are visiting your GP or Pharmacy, ask for your BP to be checked.
    • Dust down your at-home monitor. Watch Croí’s video below on how to monitor your blood pressure at home.
    • Purchasing a new monitor? Check our list below of recommended home blood pressure monitors.
  • Once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it. You can take effective steps to lower your blood pressure with changes to your lifestyle and by taking medication.