The Croí Third Age Mayo programme, dedicated to advancing healthy cardiovascular aging, is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with Mayo Libraries to provide home blood pressure monitors for short-term loans to library members. This innovative initiative aims to empower the public with the tools for proactive heart health management.
Since the launch of the programme earlier this year in Castlebar, the response has been very encouraging, with library members checking out blood pressure monitors over 70 times. Recognising the need for increased awareness and preventive measures, an IPSOS survey of over 45-year-olds in Mayo revealed that 60% feel they could be doing more to enhance their overall heart health. Moreover, at recent Croí Health Checks events in Mayo, 29% of individuals admitted to not having a blood pressure check within the last 12 months.
Three participating libraries, namely Castlebar, Ballina, and Belmullet, will facilitate the short-term loan service. This collaboration aligns with the mission of both Croí and Mayo Libraries to promote community well-being.
Kate Healy, Senior Library Assistant at Belmullet Library, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership: “We are delighted to partner with Croí to offer home blood pressure monitors on a short-term loan to our library members. This collaboration allows us to promote and support the cardiovascular health and well-being of our members right across the region. The library plays a vital role in our community, and this initiative will really help support our members to ensure they have access to a blood pressure monitor via a local, convenient setting.”
Croí encourages the people of Mayo to take charge of their heart health by adopting the mantra: Own it, Check it, Sort it! For more information, please visit the Croí website at https://croi.ie/library/ or contact the participating libraries directly.
Join us in making heart health a community priority!