01 March 2017
Holiday World Show visitors referred to GPsOne third of people who had their blood pressure measured at the recent Holiday World Show in Belfast had to be referred to their GPs. Local charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke, measured 445 people’s blood pressure at January’s show, and found that one third had high readings. They were then advised to make [...]
22 February 2017
Cheap alcohol causing huge harmLocal health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, has called for action on the sale of very cheap alcohol and has welcomed recent opinion polling showing nearly two thirds of people in Northern Ireland support taking action. “Opinion polling carried out by Millward Brown shows that 65% of people in Northern Ireland support the [...]
14 February 2017
Go over to the Dark Side this Valentine’s Day!A local health charity and researchers from Queen’s University Belfast are telling people to give dark chocolate to their loved ones this Valentine’s Day to improve their heart health. Professor Jayne Woodside from QUB, who was part of the research team, explained. “Our study showed that if you eat a fruit and vegetable-rich diet, including [...]
04 January 2017
O’Neill must commit to help smokersLeading local health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has called on the Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill to make a New Year’s Resolution on behalf of the NI Executive to re-double the efforts to help smokers quit. “Sadly the number of smokers in Northern Ireland has remained at 22% - around 1 in 5 [...]
13 November 2016
Local health charity’s new Support Service for Stroke SurvivorsA Post Rehab Exercise Programme for stroke survivors, which was launched by Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke (NICHS) in Coleraine in August, is making a difference to stroke survivors across the Triangle area and beyond. The programme, known as PREP, aims to help people regain their confidence and independence after a stroke. It was [...]
25 October 2016
Looking forward to stroke services decisions in 2017The leading local health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has welcomed the news that decisions will be made on Stroke Services in the New Year. Public Affairs Adviser, Neil Johnston welcomed the report: “We all want the best possible health care for all patients in Northern Ireland and the Health Minister’s response to [...]
13 October 2016
HALF OF US ARE STRESSED OUT – Research Reveals 49% of the Working Age Population are Highly StressedResearch carried out by a local charity has revealed that two fifths of people in Northern Ireland regularly feel stressed out with almost half of 35-64 year olds reporting “considerable levels of stress on a regular basis”. The survey*, commissioned by Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, revealed that across all age groups, 39% of [...]
11 October 2016
Local Charity and Business “Team Up” to improve Employees’ HealthNorthern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke (NICHS) have launched their new workplace health programme, Well Team, in partnership with the Public Health Agency. Well Team supports businesses to identify health risks and create an action plan and strategy to improve employees’ health and wellbeing. The programme will be running from June 2016 until June 2019 [...]
10 October 2016
82% back call to use Sugar Levy to help childrenNorthern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has welcomed the fact that the Assembly is to debate a call to boost children’s health. “We very much support the idea that the money raised by the sugar levy should be used to boost the opportunities for PE in primary schools and make our primary school kids aware [...]
18 August 2016
Charity calls for ‘sugar tax’ revenue to be used to tackle childhood obesityA local health charity has welcomed the confirmation that the ‘sugar tax’ will go ahead and has called on local politicians to ring-fence the money to tackle childhood obesity. Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke carried out an opinion poll in May 2016 which showed that 82% of the public agreed that the NI Executive [...]
26 July 2016
LOCAL MLA SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITY’S CAMPAIGN TO AVOID HEART DISEASEAn MLA, who underwent heart surgery a year ago, is joining local charity Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke in urging others to look out for the symptoms of heart disease. Cathal Boylan MLA for Newry and Armagh underwent a quadruple bypass in June 2015 and now says that he is one of the lucky [...]
30 June 2016
LOCAL HEALTH CHARITY HAILS HEALTH OF BALMORAL SHOW VISITORS
A local health charity has revealed that the results of blood pressure checks it carried out at the Balmoral Show in May were better than at the Holiday World Show in January. Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke measured 911 people’s blood pressures over the three days of the Balmoral Show at their stand in […]
31 May 2016
Inspirational young mum takes on walking challenge just 3 years after surviving stroke.
Stroke survivor, Laura Caughey from Banbridge is taking on 13 miles at Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke’s 70th Anniversary Mourne Way Challenge Walk this June. Laura explained, “I decided to take part in the Mourne Way Challenge Walk because NICHS is a charity which is very close to my heart. I suffered a stroke […]
26 May 2016
Public backs call to tackle obesity in school children
A local health charity has welcomed public backing for the proposal that the revenue from the ‘sugar tax’ should be used to tackle obesity in schools. Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke carried out an opinion poll which showed that 82% of the public agreed that the NI Executive should ring-fence this money to tackle […]
22 March 2016
CHARITY WELCOMES SUGAR TAXA leading health charity has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement of a sugar tax in 2018, a major step in the right direction to tackle the rising levels of obesity in Northern Ireland. “We are delighted that the Chancellor has introduced this sugar tax but this tax must be part of a wider plan to [...]
10 March 2016
CHARITY WELCOMES SMOKE-FREE HOSPITALSA leading health charity has welcomed a ban on smoking on all hospital grounds across Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke says it will protect people – particularly those with chest illnesses – from having to endure a fog of poisonous cigarette fumes at hospital entrances, where smokers, including patients, often gather. Fidelma [...]
15 January 2016
Local health charity marks start of 70th year at Holiday World Show
NICHS offers free blood pressure checks at Holiday World Show.
10 December 2015
Chairman praises former Chief Exec’s contribution
NICHS Chairman Prof MPS Varma thanks Andrew Dougal, recently retired Chief Executive.
02 December 2015
Health Charity praises Health Minister
NICHS have welcomed the introduction of a Bill to outlaw the sale of E cigarettes to under 18s.
03 November 2015
Heart Attack Survivor, Sean McLaughlin from Downpatrick, Shares 1st Anniversary Story in support of Charity Heart Research.Please see below Heart Attack Survivor, Sean McLaughlin from Downpatrick, Shares 1st Anniversary Story in support of Charity Heart Research. He was in a boxing ring fighting when he took a heart attack at just 43, his heart stopped for 5 minutes and he almost left his three daughters and wife behind. Triple bypass, and [...]
29 October 2015
CLODAGH PREPARES FOR FUTURE AFTER SEVERE STROKE
Just months ago, Clodagh Dunlop was unable to move or speak after suffering a massive stroke.
26 October 2015
NICHS backs local research which could mean that HEART PROBLEMS “COULD BE SPOTTED AT THE OPTICIANS”.
In NI last year 2,385 people lost their lives to heart disease in Northern Ireland.
07 October 2015
NEW CHARITY CHIEF’S WHEELY HEALTHY PLAN TO MEET STAFF
A newly appointed charity chief is to visit its staff, volunteers and service users around Northern Ireland – using only pedal power!
O’Neill must commit to help smokers
Leading local health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has called on the Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill to make a New Year’s Resolution on behalf of the NI Executive to re-double the efforts to help smokers quit.
“Sadly the number of smokers in Northern Ireland has remained at 22% – around 1 in 5 of the adult population. All of us, including government, need to re-assess our approach as it is clearly failing.”
Said Neil Johnston, Public Affairs Adviser for the NICHS.
“The NI Executive has the target of reducing smoking to 15% of the population by 2020 – a mere three years’ time – and yet in the past nine years the numbers smoking have barely fallen at all. Something needs to change”
NICHS pointed out that while smoking fell marked from 1 in 3 to 1 in 5 between the mid-1980s and the mid-2000s very little has changed since.
“We have made great strides on persuading people of the need to quit and measures such as the ban on smoking in pubs and workplaces were clearly significant. While it is to be hoped that the recently tightened retailing rules, the new ban on smoking in cars with children, and forthcoming move to plain packs, will help, we think is there more we can do to cut down on smoking”.
Neil Johnston argued that more work was required in promoting healthy lifestyles, especially amongst school children.
“We need to ensure that all primary school children are hearing about the need for a healthy diet, the need to be physically activity – and the need to stop smoking or, better still, to never start smoking.”
Mr Johnston maintains there is an important role for politicians.
“The Assembly agreed a target of cutting smoking to 15% by 2020 but often pass the buck by saying that the enforcement of the tougher rules on smoking is entirely a matter for the local Councils. Stormont needs to ensure that Councils have the adequate resources and are using them effectively. Equally importantly the Minister needs to support those who are helping get the message about smoking through to our kids.”