Healthy Travellers

Are you part of the Traveller community or do you work with Travellers? Did you know Traveller men live 15.1 years less – and Traveller women live 11.5 years less – than men and women in the general population?

One of the major causes of death in the Traveller Community is heart disease and stroke. Let’s work together to reduce this difference and save lives.


How we are working with the Traveller community to save lives.


Our Mobile Health Unit And Free Checks

The Irish Heart Foundation has been engaged in working with Traveller groups nationally through their health check programme, and over the years we have provided health checks for many groups.

Our Mobile Health Unit is travelling around communities in Ireland with trained nurses providing FREE blood pressure checks and comprehensive lifestyle advice on heart health. Keep an eye on Our Timetable below to see when the unit will be visiting a town or community near you!


Helping Travellers get active with Slí na Sláinte


As part of our Slí na Sláinte initiative, the ‘Step, Stroll & Stride Programme’ was developed specifically for Traveller Primary Healthcare Workers.

This programme is a special adaptation of our Community Walking Leader Training programme. It was designed through collaboration with the Traveller Community to suit the needs and practicalities of the teams. The Programme aims to empower and enable the Primary Healthcare Workers to establish Walking Groups within Traveller Communities in their area to promote physical activity.

Topics covered by our programme include: group management, programme planning, warm up and cool down exercises and walking for health guidelines.

For more information on Slí na Sláinte for the Traveller Community or to request training please email Tara Curran or call our team on 01 668 5001.


Discover and share our heart-healthy guides for the traveller community


The Irish Heart Foundation has worked with Pavee Point and other Traveller organisations to develop a range of adapted heart health leaflets.

Red Alert: Heart Health for Traveller Women

Heart disease and stroke is the number 1 killer of Traveller Women in Ireland. Find out more in our leaflet especially for Traveller Women developed in conjunction with Pavee Point.

Step Challenge for Travellers

Being active for at least 30 minutes, five days a week, can help prevent heart disease and stroke. For tips or ideas on how Travellers can get more active, see our leaflet which provides information about a Step Challenge programme for Travellers. This programme aims to encourage Travellers to build up to 10,000 steps per day.

Stroke Information for Travellers and Roma

One in four Traveller deaths is caused by stroke. For more information on how you can reduce your risk of stroke, please see our Stroke leaflet which we developed in conjunction with Pavee Point. This is an easy-to-read leaflet that explains the effects of stroke in easy to understand terms.


Related Health Articles


Ways to live better – view our range of articles to help you to reduce your risk factors on topics such as smoking to being active, blood pressure, healthy eating and more.

Heart & Stroke Conditions Explained A to Z – take a moment to read our articles that cover the symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the most common heart conditions.


Useful Resources for the Traveller community


Red Alert: Heart Health for Traveller Women – how to stop the No.1 killer for female travellers

Step Challenge for Travellers – tips and advice on how to get more active

Stroke Information for Travellers and Roma – reduce your risk with this easy-to-follow guide.

Join us to help end premature deaths from heart and stroke disease

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