Croí, the heart and stroke charity, is delighted to collaborate with Mayo GAA’s Health & 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 said: “The 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 collaboration 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 & Wellbeing chairperson, commented: “Mayo GAA is committed to promoting health and wellbeing to its members, the 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 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 rollout 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.”