Free health screening at Roscommon Mart

Farmers from throughout County Roscommon availed of the free health screening and information day for farmers at Roscommon Mart on Friday last.             The ‘Farmers have Hearts’ project aims to reduce the risk of people considered to be at high risk of cardiovascular disease living in the community. The event at Roscommon Mart on Friday last proved highly popular and when we visited there were lots of farming waiting for the free health check.             Marts were chosen to target members of the farming community who may not frequent the health services regularly. Screening included cholesterol, blood pressure and a glucose check and written results were provided with follow-up advice. Nutrition assessment, height, weight, waist measurements were also taken, with follow-up advice.             Kate Walsh of the HSE health promotion team, commented, ‘There are lots of people here. The programme is about prevent heart disease and encouraging men to come and make some lifestyle changes.             ‘The service comes out to the mart. It’s simple prevention, client-focused and there’s no cost. Cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar are checked and you get nutritional advice and there’s a follow-up process. People are really positive about this programme,’ concluded Ms. Walsh.