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Me and my health: Bangor cardiovascular disease clinical co-ordinator Craig Moore on his lifestyle

 

The 36-year-old is cardiovascular disease clinical co-ordinator for British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI), working with healthcare professionals in Northern Ireland to improve health outcomes for patients. Craig lives in Bangor with his wife Ann (37), a staff nurse in ICU, and their two children, Daisy (9) and Harrison (6).

Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?

A: I go to the gym three times a week and do a mixture of cardio and weights. I am also out and about with the kids, going for walks and playing football which also helps keep me fit. I definitely believe in the importance of regular exercise for your physical and mental health.

Q: What is the worst illness you've had?

A: I count myself really lucky to have never experienced any serious bad health. I've had the usual colds and flu that most people have, but other than that I have been really fortunate. As a cardiac nurse for more than 12 years I've been in contact with so many people who haven't been so lucky.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I have a healthy diet and eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Having a healthy diet is one of a number of things you can do to help prevent cardiovascular disease, so I definitely practice what I preach and eat well.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: My only bad habit is that I am a bit of a chocoholic. I love chocolate and sweet things so I have to really moderate myself not to eat them. We try not to have them in the house so that I'm not tempted too much. But really I believe in everything in moderation. Like everyone else I like a treat and don't deprive myself, but at the same time try to be as healthy as I can.

Q: Do you drink and smoke/ if so how much?

A: I like a beer in moderation. I'm a social drinker, so when I do go out I would have a few, but I don't drink at home and know my own limits. I don't smoke. Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do to protect your heart.

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: I take a multivitamin in the mornings, but that's it.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Both my children are sporty and are part of football teams. I like going to watch them both play and as a big Manchester United fan myself I love watching them on TV or going to games. I also like getting away for the weekend with my beautiful wife Ann.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I'm a great sleeper and can always nod off at night. When I was a nurse on the wards I was used to working shifts and sometimes sleeping during the day so I'm used to being able to put my head down and getting the sleep I need.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No, I don't. I think in this job, when you come across so many people who have lost loved ones who never got the privilege of growing old, it makes you grateful. I suppose as you get older you're more aware of your aches and pains but, no, I don't worry.

Q: What is your go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: I love my Fitbit and counting my steps. It really keeps you motivated to stay fit and active.

Tomorrow Craig will open a summit on Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests organised by the BHF NI in Titanic Belfast which aims to shine a light on the importance of bystander CPR when someone has a cardiac arrest. To find out about BHF NI's work on CPR and improving survival rates on out of hospital cardiac arrests visit www.bhf.org.uk/CPR

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