Abbott Partners with Irish Heart Foundation to Advance Heart Health in Local Communities

Members News - May 30, 2016
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Through Happy heart appeal, Abbott reaches more than 1,000 students nationwide

Abbott in Ireland, has reached out to educate and inspire more than 1,000 students nationwide to keep their hearts healthy, as part of its partnership with the Irish Heart Foundation’s Happy Heart Appeal. According to the Irish Heart Foundation, more than 1,000 lives are lost prematurely to heart disease and stroke in Ireland every year. Eighty percent of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable. The annual Happy Heart Appeal raises awareness and vital funds to deliver services to children and adults, and to prevent the development of risk factors such as obesity and high blood pressure.

27/04/16 ABBOTT St Aidans SNS Healthy Heart

27/04/16 ABBOTT St Aidans SNS Healthy Heart

 

Volunteers from all Abbott’s 11 facilities across the country addressed over 1000 students detailing how they can support their heart health through lifestyle choices, such as increased aerobic activity and healthy food options. In addition to working with local schools, Abbott provided CPR training to approximately 125 employees at 11 sites around the country, and employees were also offered health checks to examine key health indicators such as blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and glucose levels. Abbott also provided funding to support the national launch of the 2016 Happy Heart Appeal.

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Speaking about Abbott’s support, John Kilcoyne, director, Abbott said: “Helping people to live fuller, healthier lives is at the core of what we do at Abbott, both globally and here in Ireland. We do this through the products we make, and the impact our employees have in the communities in which we operate.“For the past 50 years the Irish Heart Foundation has been providing services to help people live longer, healthier lives. We are proud to partner with them this year to support that goal in local communities through the Happy Heart Appeal.”