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Cultivating health, wellbeing and relationships within the Irish community in Britain.
Green Hearts was developed in response to the higher than average cardio–related mortality rates experienced by Irish people in Britain. From the outset, the campaign centred on a collaborative community approach towards improving health outcomes for the Irish community and promoting a positive message around prevention and early detection.
Many of the risk factors for heart disease are the same as those for cancer and diabetes and promoting a heart–healthy lifestyle will undoubtedly have a positive knock–on effect on general health and wellbeing.
The campaign launched on 14 March 2018 in Portcullis House, Westminster with the support of MP Maria Caulfield and attended by 15 MPs. That same week, we held our first blood pressure screening and gave out our Green Hearts 30–day health guide to over 150 people at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Trafalgar Square.
National Screening Campaign #KnowYourScore
High blood pressure is the main risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease. There is also increasing evidence that it is a risk factor for vascular dementia.
We partnered with the international blood pressure campaign May Measurement Month to roll out our national Green Hearts screening campaign. From London to Leeds to Liverpool, over 300 people were screened, and more than 600 guides given out. The campaign was launched at Luton Irish Forum by MEP Alex Mayer and attended by Hertfordshire GAA Chairperson Diarmuid Walsh.
We have some amazing volunteers! Our Cardiac Nurse Valerie Nangle brings her invaluable experience and knowledge to the team as well as enlisting her student nurses to help. The 2018 London Rose candidates took part in our opening intergenerational screening at the London Irish Centre. Reaching a wide breadth of the community is made possible by our partnerships, collaborations and support from our member organisations, Irish businesses, Britain GAA, the Rose Centre and other charities such as Haemochromatosis UK.
A team of eight Green Hearts runners took part in the Kew Gardens 10K in September to help raise awareness and funds for the campaign. Apart from raising money, it was an opportunity to promote the benefits of exercise. Our very own board members Conrad and Patrick are the prime example of how to get from couch to 10K in seven weeks, well done fellas!