Croí, the Heart and Stroke Charity, Collaborates with Mayo GAA

Pictured at the launch of the Croí – Mayo GAA Collaboration from back left to right: Fran Downey, Chairperson Mayo GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee; Laurence Gaughan, Mayo GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee; Noreen Johnston, Mayo GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee; and Paul Cunnane, Croí Third Age Mayo Project Coordinator. Front left to right: Dr. Lisa Hynes, Croí Head of Health Programmes; Seamus Tuohy, Chairperson Mayo GAA; and Pat O’Donnell, Mayo GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee.

Croí to work with GAA clubs across Mayo to help promote better heart health

 

Croí, the heart and stroke charity, is delighted to collaborate with Mayo GAA’s Health and Wellbeing committee to develop programmes and events to help GAA club members in Mayo better manage their cardiovascular health.

The collaboration will see both organisations working closely over the coming months in conjunction with the clubs of Mayo to ensure their members become more aware of the risk factors of heart disease and stroke and the role they can play to become more proactive in managing their heart health.

Commenting on the initiative, Mayo GAA chairperson, Seamus Tuohy saidThe physical health and wellbeing of all our members is very important to us. It is not just the people on the pitch we need to look after but also the coaches, club officers, volunteers and supporters involved in our clubs. GAA clubs play a vital role in our communities and this initiative will really help put a spotlight on people’s cardiovascular health.

We are delighted to work with Croí on this initiative. Croí offer much-needed services to people right across the West of Ireland and I am sure this partnership will help to continue to promote the Croí message of “Own It, Check It, Sort It” when it comes to people’s heart health.

Fran Downey, Mayo GAA Health and Wellbeing Chairperson, commentedMayo GAA is committed to promoting health and wellbeing to its members, clubs and wider community ensuring everyone benefits in a health-enhancing way.

Working alongside Croí, whose values reflect those of the association, enables us to extend the support for clubs and the wider community by delivering evidence-based initiatives and raising awareness around wellness and cardiovascular health. It provides us with the opportunity to promote the importance of health through the lifelong participation of all our members. We are currently working on specific projects and are excited to offer these out to the local GAA Club and promote them as health hubs in the heart of every community.

Croí’s Head of Health Programmes, Dr Lisa Hynes, added “This collaboration allows us to promote and support the cardiovascular health and well-being of GAA club members right across Mayo.

Our vision is to develop a culture in County Mayo where promoting cardiovascular health and well-being is a priority for the population, with a particular emphasis on healthy ageing for those over the age of 55. We look forward to working with the Mayo GAA Heath & Wellbeing committee to roll out programmes and events to benefit their members and impact positively on their communities. We are very thankful to Mayo GAA for supporting us on the initiative.

Croí Partners with Barbers in Ballina to Raise Awareness of the Risks of High Blood Pressure

There’s only one way to know if you have high blood pressure: Measure it!

A trip to the barbers could have you looking and feeling better thanks to Croí, the heart and stroke charity, and the barbers of Ballina. To coincide with Men’s Health Week from June 13th – 19th Croí is collaborating with barbers and pharmacies in Ballina to raise awareness of the importance of regular blood pressure checks and managing high blood pressure.

Having your blood pressure measured is quick and easy!

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a sign that the heart and blood vessels are being overworked which in turn increases your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. Croí encourages men this Men’s Health Week to know their numbers and visit their local pharmacy for a blood pressure check.

During Men’s Health Week, customers to the participating barbers in Ballina will receive information on the importance of blood pressure checks along with a list of pharmacies in the town offering free blood pressure checks. Participating barbers in Ballina include Nikki’s Barbers, Amanda’s Barbers, Lewy’s Barber Lounge, Kev’s Kutz, Gabby’s Turkish Barber, O’Rourkes Barbers, Hallahan’s Barbers and Ricky’s Barbers.

Commenting on the initiative, Croí’s Head of Health Programmes, Dr Lisa Hynes, said:We want the people of Mayo to become more aware of their cardiovascular health and this campaign during Men’s Health Week really allows us to do that in a very focused environment. 38% of men in Ireland are living with high blood pressure and we want to do all we can to reduce this number. After all, getting your blood pressure checked is quicker than getting your hair cut and it could save your life!

The participating pharmacies in Ballina include Molloy’s (Bunree Road), Molloy’s (Garden Street), Kilroy’s (Emmet Street) and McKane’s (O’Rahilly Street).

For more information visit www.croi.ie. Follow Croí on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @croiheartstroke.

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“This Men’s Health Week take just a few minutes to visit your local pharmacy and get your blood pressure checked, it’s quicker than getting your hair cut. Own it, check it and sort it!”, says former Mayo GAA footballer, Liam McHale, pictured with Nikki Galvin from Nikki’s Barbers in Ballina and Paul Cunnane, Croí Third Age Mayo Project Coordinator.

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

See croi.ie/healthfairs for more information

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 experts, participate in interactive sessions, and meet with active community groups in your area.

The Croí Health Team and community partners will be in Castlebar Mitchels GAA club on June 2nd from 1 pm, The Mulranny Park Hotel on June 7th from 11 am, The Gateway Hotel, Swinford on June 9th from 11 am and Ballina Stephenties GAA club on June 14th from 1 pm.

The Castlebar and Ballina health fairs will commence with a free blood pressure check event at 1 pm and run until 6.30 pm. At 7 pm in both locations, there will be a free public talk on the importance of healthy ageing, with a focus on managing high blood pressure. The Mulranny and Swinford events will commence with a free blood pressure check event at 11 am and conclude at 4 pm.

All four health fairs will have participation from local community groups who will have stands and information on the services they offer in those areas. There will be educational talks and practical demonstrations conducted by members of the Croí Health Team and community groups.

All those who attend and get their blood pressure measured will be entered into a draw to win one of two Garmin smartwatches! Refreshments will also be available at all four locations.

We are thrilled to once again be back in the Mayo community to raise awareness of heart health. We have an exciting lineup of talks and demonstrations planned for these four health fairs and we are delighted to collaborate with a host of community groups from across Mayo. Throughout 2022, the Croí Third Age Mayo Programme is putting a spotlight on high blood pressure – early detection is key and will save lives”, says Dr Lisa Hynes, Croí’s Head of Health Programmes.

For more details on the Croí Mayo Health Fairs, including a list of participating community groups, please visit www.croi.ie/healthfairs or call Croí on 091-544310.

Croí teams up with pharmacies across Mayo to offer free blood pressure checks for the month of May

Own it, Check it and Sort it with May Measurement Month
as part of Croí’s Third Age Mayo Programme

Did you know that uncontrolled high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke? The Croí Third Age Mayo programme, which aims to promote healthy cardiovascular ageing, is delighted to partner with local pharmacies across Mayo for the month of May to offer free blood pressure checks to anyone who has not had their blood pressure checked in the past year, with a particular focus on those over 55 years of age.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. This causes many harmful effects on the body and if left untreated can significantly increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure typically has no symptoms – the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly (at least once a year).

We’re delighted to be back in Mayo this year following the success of last year’s May Measurement Month campaign. The prevalence of high blood pressure in Ireland, particularly for people over the age of 55, is startling. At last year’s blood pressure measurement event in Mayo, 51% of people had elevated blood pressure, and only 37% of people taking medication for high blood pressure had a reading that was under the recommended level. Early detection is key and will save lives”, says Dr Lisa Hynes, Croí’s Head of Health Programmes.

From May 3rd – to 31st, over 30 pharmacies across Mayo will be participating in this initiative. Visit one of the participating pharmacies for your free blood pressure check and ‘Own it, Check it, Sort it!’. For the latest list of participating pharmacies, please visit www.croi.ie/third-age-mayo-bp.

New Croí ‘My Blood Pressure’ Programme
Members of the public found to have high blood pressure will be offered information and advice, as well as the opportunity to take part in a free Croí blood pressure management programme delivered by the Croí multi-disciplinary health team.

The participating pharmacies include:

Achill – Molloy’s; Balla – Life Pharmacy; Ballaghaderreen – Molloy’s; Ballina – Molloy’s (Bunree Road), Molloy’s (Garden Street), Kilroy’s, McKane’s; Ballinrobe – Hynes; Ballyhaunis – Curley’s; Bangor Erris  – Lavelle’s; Belmullet – Lavelle’s, McCormack’s; Castlebar – O’Donnell’s, MacAuliffe’s, Treacy’s, Staunton’s; Charlestown – Colleran’s; Claremorris – Haven Pharmacy, Aran Health Pharmacy; Cong – Cong Pharmacy; Crossmolina – Molloy’s, Quinn’s; Foxford – Heneghans; Kilkelly – Life Pharmacy; Killala – Lavelle’s; Kiltimagh – Heneghans; Knock – Life Pharmacy; Louisburgh – Staunton’s; Swinford – O’Connell’s; Westport – O’Connell’s, O’Donnell’s, McVann’s, Treacy’s.

Minding your Heart Health

Join Croí for a special heart health webinar for the Erris Community!

Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, is delighted to announce a special online event for the Erris community in North Mayo focussing on “Minding your Heart Health”.

Join Croí and leading experts including Prof. Jim Crowley, Consultant Cardiologist, for this free webinar, supported by Vermilion Energy, online using Zoom on Thursday, August 12th, from 7–8pm.

Register here and submit your questions for the experts, or call Croí on 091-544310. Don’t miss this special event.

Speakers on the night include:

  • Prof. Jim Crowley – Consultant Cardiologist
  • Ailish Houlihan – Self-Management Support Co-ordinator for Long-term Health Conditions with Community Healthcare West
  • Zoe McCrudden – Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist

The expert speakers will answer your questions and address your heart health priorities and concerns.

“We are delighted to offer this special event to the Erris Community through our Third Age Mayo programme. We want to put a spotlight on heart health, especially for people over the age of 55 years old. Heart disease, stroke and diabetes are more common as we get older, but if detected early, many heart conditions such as high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) can be treated so that people can have a longer and better quality of life,” says Dr Lisa Hynes, Croí’s Head of Health Programmes.

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Mayo Farmers Month

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Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, along with Healthy Ireland, Pobal and Teagasc, invited the Mayo farming community to get involved and make heart healthy changes during Mayo Farmers Month, which launched Dec 29, 2020.

See the free resources below!

Mayo Farmers Month Programme

The Croí Mayo Farmers Month health and wellbeing programme, delivered online earlier this year, was specifically designed with Irish farmers in mind. The Croí Health Team worked with a group of Mayo farmers to help them improve their heart health and reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease through exercise, diet and lifestyle changes.

The programme was well-received by all who participated. Check out the videos below to hear from two farmers who completed the programme and kindly shared their experiences: Michael McNamara, from Clare Island; and Seamus McGrenra, from Claremorris.

Michael McNamara, Clare Island

Seamus McGrenra, Claremorris

Health & Mind

Mental Health Resources

  • Alone is good for older people who are lonely. alone.ie. 0818 222 024 low cost number 8-8. Email: hello@alone.ie
  • Depression & Bipolar Disorder Support. www.aware.ie. Tel:  Freephone 1800 80 48 48 (available 7 days, 10am-10pm). Email: supportmail@aware.ie
  • Awareness Head to Toe is a completely voluntary committee formed to promote mental health, general heath and farm safety awareness throughout the rural community. https://awarenessheadtotoe.com/
  • Pieta House. Free therapeutic support to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. T: 1800 247 247. W: pieta.ie
  • The Samaritans. Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. They’re there 24/7, before, during and after a crisis and they make sure there’s always someone there, for anyone who needs someone. samaritans.org/ireland email: jo@samaritans.ie. Call 116 123.
  • 50808 is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis – big or small. Text HELLO to 50808 to start a conversation, any time – day or night. https://text50808.ie/
  • ifa.ie/mental-health
  • mentalhealthireland.ie
  • reachout.com
  • spunout.ie
  • hse.ie/mental-health

Co. Mayo Resources

  • Family Centre Castlebar. Call 094 9025900
  • Community psychology for children & Adolescents. Call 094 9042281
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health service. Call Ballina 096 20399 / Castlebar 0949042656
  • Adult mental health service. Call 094 9042621 (Admin office)
  • Mindspace Mayo is a free and confidential support service for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Mindspace’s aim is to support young people age. https://www.mindspacemayo.ie
  • Mayo University Hospital 094 9021733
  • Additional information for further counselling and support services please see mayobewell.ie
  • Emergency services 999 or 112

FREE Heart Health Webinar for Farmers

On Thursday, January 21st at 7pm, Croí held a free webinar on heart health. Experts from the Croí Health Team shared information on diet, exercise and lifestyle. Watch it here now!

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The Healthy Ireland Fund supported by the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Discover the beauty of the West Coast with Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way!

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Pictured at the launch of Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way (Supported by Laya Healthcare) is Cillian Morris, Business Development Manager, Laya; Kevin O’Reilly, Chairman, Croí; and Christine Flanagan, Director of Fundraising, Croí.

Croí, the Heart and Stroke Charity, has launched a new virtual challenge along the Wild Atlantic Way, encouraging people to get moving and raise funds to help support people living with heart disease and stroke.

Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way takes runners, walkers and joggers on a virtual journey down counties along the west coast, from Donegal to Clare. Participants can log their daily kilometres and reach stunning discovery points along the way on an interactive map, including Malin Head, Achill Island, Cliffs of Moher and Loop Head Lighthouse. The challenge is proudly supported by laya healthcare.

“We are so excited to launch this stunning challenge. Exercise has been restricted to within a 5km radius for now, but this new challenge opens up our walks and runs virtually to the wild west coast! Our coastal challenges offer routes to suit all abilities over the six weeks – from the Coast of Clare at 6,000 steps a day, to a more challenging route with the Coast of Mayo at 16,500 steps a day,” says Christine Flanagan, Director of Fundraising at Croí.

“I am delighted to take part in this virtual challenge in aid of Croí. It’s a great way to keep up the activity levels, while supporting vital services for people living with heart disease and stroke. I will be taking on the Galway coastal challenge and look forward to reaching the great discovery points along the way,” says Kevin O’Reilly, Chairman, Croí Board of Directors.

Cillian Morris, Business Development Manager at laya healthcare, added, “As Croí’s Health & Wellbeing partner, we’re very proud to support the charity in continuing to promote the importance of heart health in a virtual world. The ‘Couch to Wild Atlantic Way’ is such an inspired idea, we hope record numbers get involved to raise much-needed funds for this worthy charity. Our healthcoach team are on hand to create personalised fitness and nutrition plans for members who want to prepare to take on the tougher challenges along the route. I’m going to give the Donegal Coast challenge a go, it’ll be good training for when I can get back up there in person!”

Funds raised will support heart and stroke services, including Croí’s new helpline, Heartlink West. The challenges facing people living with heart disease and stroke are now greater than any that have come before, and the Croí health team is experiencing increased demand for support services. This event will help Croí to continue to respond to the needs of the community during this difficult time, when people living with heart disease or stroke are at greater risk if affected by COVID-19.

The virtual challenge runs for six weeks, launching June 10th. Registration costs €15 each or €40 for families, with everyone receiving a special eco-friendly Croí Couch to Wild Atlantic Way medal! Discover the beauty of Ireland’s West Coast by taking part in Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way. Register now at www.croi.ie/WildAtlanticWay.

Free public talk in Galway: The Key to Healthy Ageing

As part of Croí’s Third Age Programme, which aims to reduce the impact of age-related heart and stroke conditions, we are delighted to invite you to a free public talk:

Listen to your heart…
The Key to Healthy Ageing

Date: Wednesday, April 10th , 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Croí Heart and Stroke Centre, Moyola Lane

Guest speakers on the night include:

  • Dr. Faisal Sharif – High blood pressure
  • Dr. Aidan Flynn – Atrial fibrillation & heart failure
  • Mr. Alan Soo – Heart valve disease

Join us to learn how to keep your heart healthy as you age.

Places are limited, so reserve your place now:

Phone: Call Croí on 091-544310.
Online: Go to www.croi.ie/galwaytalk to register online and reserve your place.

Free public talk in Castlebar: The Key to Healthy Ageing

As part of Croí’s Third Age Programme, which aims to reduce the impact of age-related heart and stroke conditions, we are delighted to invite you to a free public talk:

Listen to your heart…
The Key to Healthy Ageing

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd , 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Location: TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar

Guest speakers on the night include:

  • Tom O’Malley, Consultant Physician, Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, who will speak on atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention;
  • Faisal Sharif, Consultant Cardiologist, Galway University Hospital, who will speak on control and management of high blood pressure; and
  • Darren Mylotte, Consultant Cardiologist, Galway University Hospital, who will speak on heart valve disease and its treatment.

Join us to learn how to keep your heart healthy as you age.

Places are limited, so reserve your place now:

Phone: Call Croí on 091-544310.
Online: Go to www.croi.ie/castlebartalk to register online and reserve your place.