Sadly in 2016, we lost Anthony Foley. He was not just my teammate – he was my friend. At only 42 years of age, heart disease took him away from his family and friends far too young. Nobody would have expected this to happen to a former athlete, coach and such a young man.
September is the Irish Heart Foundation’s Heart Month. Often there are no warning signs, and currently 1 in 4 men within will lose their lives to heart disease or stroke in Ireland. We all know someone who has lost their life, or nearly lost their life, to this disease.
The good news is that 80% of cases are preventable. We just need to make a commitment to Reboot our lives by making positive lifestyle changes.
"We all know someone who has lost their life, or nearly lost their life, to this disease."
This could be exercising, eating healthier, taking up a hobby that gets you outdoors or giving up a bad habit. And importantly go in for a check-up. Your body needs an NCT at our age too.
It’s up to you, it’s your health. Make the right choice.
Please join me and the Irish Heart Foundation in supporting your family, partners, friends and those closest to you make positive changes in their lives and make these statistics a thing of the past.
Challenge yourself this Heart Month