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Mayo farmers urged to mind their heart health

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Mayo farmers urged to mind their heart health

Croí, the heart and stroke charity, along with Healthy Ireland, Pobal and Teagasc, are inviting the farming community in Co. Mayo to get involved and make heart healthy changes during Mayo Farmers’ Month, launching on today (Tuesday December 29).

The charity said that looking after your overall health and wellbeing is important for everyone, but especially for farmers as they are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Almost half of Irish farmers have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and 86% are overweight or are living with obesity – all major risk factors. Despite knowing all these numbers and statistics, Irish farmers identify themselves as ‘healthy’.

Farmers have historically been seen as a physically active group, but daily ‘sitting time’ for farmers can be as high as eight or more hours.

Croí physiotherapist Denise Dunne said: “We know that the occurrence of heart disease, cardiac events and stroke is significantly higher among Irish farmers compared to other groups of employees.”

To mark Mayo Farmers’ Month, Croí is inviting farmers to attend a free virtual webinar on Thursday, January 21 at 7:00pm to learn more about heart health, stress management and overall health and wellbeing with a panel of local nursing and allied health professional experts.

Announcing details of the event, Dunne said: “This is a great opportunity to learn more about the medical and lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the impact these risk factors can have on your overall health and wellbeing and more importantly the steps you can take to reduce your risk.

“People usually think of cardiovascular disease as an older person’s problem but small changes matter and it’s never too late to start,” she concluded.

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