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Originally known as the ‘Heart Smart’ Mayo Programme, this community prevention programme stems from a partnership between Croí and Mayo Primary, Community and Continuing Care, HSE West.
A month-long media campaign was also delivered with radio interviews and newspapers articles on various topics relating to healthy living such as exercise, risk factor awareness, and healthy eating.
This health promotion initiative was developed to engage all age-groups and encourage individuals to make some lifestyle changes to improve their cardiovascular health.
The inaugural ‘Mayo Healthy Living Month’ campaign was launched in May 2012, a first of its kind in the region and beyond.
This month involved a programme of events including CPR training, public talk on heart disease, healthy eating cookery demo, heart health screening, organised walks etc.
‘Mayo Stroke Awareness Month’ took place in March 2013.
A partnership has been established with a local fitness instructor who is qualified to deliver community-based cardiac rehabilitation classes.
Take a walk with the Warriors in support of healthy hearts and University spirit.
The family-friendly, 5k walk includes a Kids Zone and doggie water bowls (leash required).
But some critics raised concerns about the accuracy of a “blunt tool” which tells every Briton they will have a heart attack or stroke one day, when many will not, and raised fears that the tool could be used to push millions more people into taking medication.
GPs will be asked to promote the new NHS calculator, in a bid to encourage patients to take steps to improve their health - such as losing weight, or giving up smoking – or to start taking medication to lower cholesterol and statins.