20 June 2017
NICHS hails health conscious Balmoral Show visitorsNorthern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke have revealed that people were more aware of the importance of knowing their blood pressure at this year’s Balmoral Show in May. The charity found that more visitors to the show were proactively asking for their blood pressure to be checked. Many people were returning to the charity’s stand [...]
17 June 2017
PROFESSOR VARMA AWARDED OBE IN RECOGNITION OF CONTRIBUTION TO HEALTH IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke is delighted to learn that its Chairman Professor Mahendra Varma has been included in the birthday Honours List. The award was made in recognition of Professor Varma’s unwavering commitment to improving health and social care in Northern Ireland throughout his distinguished career. His many achievements have included: Pioneering the […]
13 June 2017
Plenty of room for improvement on Stroke ServicesLeading local health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has welcomed the beginning of a conversation on the review of how Stroke Services are organised in Northern Ireland. “We welcome the opportunity for the public and people with experience of stroke getting involved in conversations on how things can be improved.” Said Neil [...]
17 April 2017
MACE PUT THEIR HEART INTO FUNDRAISING ALMOST £40K TO HELP 1500 SURVIVORS OF CHEST, HEART AND STROKE ILLNESSES.Mace, part of the Musgrave Retail Group; has donated a total of £39k to leading local health charity Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) in the first year of a three year partnership. The funds were raised by Mace retailers regionally, along with Musgrave head office staff, taking part in a variety of activities [...]
10 April 2017
RESEARCH: STRESS AFFECTS TWO THIRDS OF NI POPULATIONNI charity launches video series in bid to tackle stress Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke today (10 April 2017) launched a series of videos aimed at equipping people with the tools to tackle stress as part of the charity’s local ‘Give Stress a Rest’ campaign. Six videos, each showcasing a different stress management technique, [...]
31 March 2017
Talented Tyrone sisters sing in memory of their mumOn the Tuesday 9th May 2017, Mullaslin trio, the Ward Sisters, will join a host of country music stars from Ireland and beyond to perform at Armagh City Hotel for a fabulous night of music and entertainment in aid of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke. However, for these talented sisters and their family, their [...]
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!
RESEARCH: STRESS AFFECTS TWO THIRDS OF NI POPULATION
NI charity launches video series in bid to tackle stress
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke today (10 April 2017) launched a series of videos aimed at equipping people with the tools to tackle stress as part of the charity’s local ‘Give Stress a Rest’ campaign.
Six videos, each showcasing a different stress management technique, have been created by the charity in direct response to the findings of a province-wide survey. The survey revealed that two out of three people in Northern Ireland feel stressed, those who felt they were the worst at coping (30%) were the most likely to reach for cigarettes, alcohol or comfort food, and critically, that it was this section of the community who were the most keen to learn about new ways of dealing with stress.
The videos have been developed by Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke with its remit of preventing chest, heart and stroke illnesses in Northern Ireland. Extended periods of stress can lead to high blood pressure, increased risk of blood clots and stroke.
The survey also revealed that women (39%) feel more stressed than their male counterparts (28%), people of working age are more prone to being affected by stress than others and that perhaps we should be looking towards the older generations for lessons in stress management as they came out on top in terms of feeling least stressed and most able to cope.
Fidelma Carter, Public Health Director from NI Chest Heart and Stroke, said: “Our survey showed that there was a real appetite from those who admitted to not handling stress well to be shown new techniques, and as the leading chest, heart and stroke prevention charity in Northern Ireland, there was no clearer message we could have been sent. Stress is one of the major causes of increases in blood pressure and is a risk factor for stroke and heart disease. We believe that these videos offer people new ways of coping with the stresses and strains of daily life and by adopting techniques outlined they can not only assist in preventing heart disease and stroke but can ultimately save lives. We urge everyone to look at them with an open mind and find the best solution for them.”
The videos have been created in collaboration with leading health and well-being experts and showcase six different holistic approaches to help those most in need.
The different techniques showcased focus on:
- Squared Breathing – a stress reducing breathing exercise;
- Non-Reactive Awareness – which enables people to respond to situations in a less stressful manner;
- Mindful Cooking – applying mindfulness theory to an everyday situation – cooking
- 5,4,3,2,1 – a mindfulness technique designed to anchor the mind in the present;
- Reframing which allows stressful situations to be viewed in a different way
- Good Mood Foods – foods which contain nutrients that actually improve our moods and help in times of stress.
The videos have been developed in collaboration with Ann Ward, Brendan Quinn and Janice Bisp experts in their particular technique. The videos are being made available on NI Chest Heart and Stroke’s website and YouTube channel and will be shared on its Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In social media channels from today.
The survey was initiated as part of NI Chest Heart and Stroke’s ‘Give Stress a Rest campaign’ which aims to raise awareness of what causes stress, how to spot the signs and how your coping mechanisms also affect your risk of stroke.
For more information on the ‘Give Stress a Rest’ campaign visit @nichstweet www.nichs.org.uk/managestressvideos