Glanbia Ireland have officially launched free heart health checks for all farmers and customers within the Glanbia Catchment area.
The new programme of health checks will be available to 700 people at Glanbia Ireland branches throughout the South and East of the country. The checks will be provided by Irish Heart Foundation nurses, as part of their “Farmers Have Hearts” initiative, which is also supported by the HSE.
The health checks are being carried out as part of a four-year study of approaches to helping farmers improve their cardiovascular health. The study is being conducted by Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellow Ms Diana Van Doorn at the National Centre for Men’s Health at IT Carlow and is also supported by Glanbia Ireland, the Irish Heart Foundation, the HSE and the UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science.
The programme was launched yesterday, July 25th, by Minister for State at the Department of Health, Catherine Byrne TD at Glanbia CountryLife in Tullamore Co. Offaly. She spoke of her delight at being able to launch what she described as a “wonderful” initiative.
“This is a wonderful initiative designed to help and support farmers to take better care of their health. We all lead busy lives,and none more so than farmers, so it is important to take that first step and avail of your free heart health check”, she said.
“The Government’s Healthy Ireland initiative encourages everyone, young and old, to make small positive changes to improve their health and wellbeing; to get regular check-ups and to eat well, think well and be well.“ , Catherine Byrne continued.
Recent research carried out by the Irish Heart Foundation has found that more than 80% of Irish male farmers have four or more risk factors for heart disease. They say that finding the time to look after health and fitting in a healthy lifestyle can be particularly challenging for farmers. The four-year study adds significant value to the regular health checks undertaken each year through the ‘Farmers Have Hearts’ initiative.