Luton MEP Alex Mayer officially launched a campaign to cut deaths from heart disease in Luton’s 20,000 strong Irish community.
Coronary heart disease kills 200 people a day across the UK and British Heart Foundation research shows that the problem is worse amongst members of the Irish community in Britain, while Irish men have the highest levels of hypertension compared to the population as a whole.
Alex Mayer MEP, who previously worked for the British Heart Foundation, will be joined by specialist cardiology nurse Valerie Nangle and Health and Wellbeing Officer from Irish in Britain, Marie Dillon for the regional launch the ‘Green Hearts’ campaign.
Marie Dillon will tell the MEP about plans to promote early detection of heart disease and teach people how to live healthier lifestyles, whilst campaigning to raise the recognition of the Irish community in Britain with health organisations such as Public Health England and the NHS.
Marie Dillon said: “Our aim is to develop and lead a collaborative, culturally sensitive and nationwide heart health campaign that improves the health, well-being and healthy years of life among the Irish community in Britain. We want to create a national screening campaign within the Irish community.”
Alex Mayer MEP said: “I’m delighted to officially launch “Green Hearts” to help battle heart disease so we can keep more hearts beating in Luton.”
Luton residents can get involved by downloading the Green Hearts 30 Day Challenge at http://www.irishinbritain.org/cmsfiles/Green-Hearts-30-Day-Challenge.pdf.