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April 28th - May 4th 2019


Diabetes Prevention and Care Year-Long Mass Media Campaign Planned by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Particpants attending the Curaçao workshop
Particpants attending the Curaçao workshop (Photo: Sheena Warner-Edwards)
HCC Communications Officer Mrs Sheena Warner-Edwards was one of many representatives from across the region attending a one-day face-to-face workshop held in Curaçao on April 29th, 2019.

The workshop was part of a jointly organised CARPHA, PAHO/WHO 2-day meeting of the Regional Health Communications Network (RHCN) made up of communications and health promotion specialists from across the English, French and Dutch Caribbean countries and territories. The aim of the meeting was to adapt culturally appropriate and effective pre-existing information, education and communications (IEC) materials to promote diabetes awareness and adoption of healthy lifestyles. The OECS Commission, under the World Diabetes Foundation funded project ‘OECS Diabetes Prevention and Care’, will be using the adapted IEC materials to support a year-long mass media campaign.
Ms. Lydia Atkins, Programme Officer, OECS Health Unit
Ms. Lydia Atkins, Programme Officer, OECS Health Unit (Photo: Sheena Warner-Edwards)
During the workshop, participants identified target audiences, determined what images, key words and discussion points will solicit desired attitude and behaviour among the selected target audiences/key populations, chose the message strategy and executions, determined the mix of dissemination channels and settings to be used by the Campaign and developed a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to determine reach and coverage.

The HCC was pleased to have a number of their childhood obesity prevention messaging selected from the pool of resources submitted.

Through a collective and partnership approach, the RHCN will contribute to the achievement of objectives defined in the CARPHA Strategic Plan, and the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH) which will result in healthier outcomes for all peoples of the Caribbean thorough empowerment and information. Over the two days, the successes of the Network were highlighted, and participants drafted a regional communications strategy and action plan (2019 - 2021) and developed a communications strategy to support the CCH IV priorities.
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HCC Childhood Obesity Prevention Webinar Series

Childhood Obesity: Time For A New Narrative Webinar Recording
Childhood Obesity: Time For A New Narrative - Webinar recording
Childhood Obesity: Time For A New Narrative - Webinar recording
On April 25th, 2019 the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, with the support of the UWI Open Campus and Sagicor, kicked off its childhood obesity webinar series in support of the of the Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean.
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Jamaica Cabinet to Deliberate Draft Nutrition Policy for Schools

Jamaica Cabinet to Deliberate Draft Nutrition Policy for Schools
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left) engages in a workout session with fitness instructor, Raymond White (right), at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) 18th Annual Education Conference on Thursday (April 25), at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St. James. (Photo: Nickieta Sterling)
JIS: Jamaica Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the draft National Nutrition Policy for schools has been completed and will be brought to Cabinet shortly for deliberations.

The policy, which is being developed in collaboration with the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity among students.
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Trinidad and Tobago ‘Healthy Schools’ Project to Raise Diabetes Awareness Among Students

Healthy Schools’ Project
(Photo: Loop News)
Loop News: In Trinidad & Tobago the Education Ministry, through collaborative efforts with the Health Ministry is ramping up its efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles among students at primary and secondary schools across the country.

Responding to a question in the Parliament on Wednesday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia revealed that several initiatives have been implemented since 2016 to reduce the incidence of pre-diabetes in primary and secondary schools, while a new project aimed at developing and maintaining adequate levels of physical fitness and promoting healthy lifestyles is expected to be implemented later this year.
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Sagicor Free PAP Smears for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Sagicor PAP smear screening
Archive picture of Sagicor PAP smear screening (Photo: Loop News)
Loop News: Sagicor Life Jamaica offered free pap smear screenings to Sagicor health cardholders as part of its observance of Cancer Awareness Month. The free screenings are took place on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 at the company’s Paramedic Unit at its head office, on Barbados Avenue in New Kingston.

Persons without Sagicor health cards were also able to access screenings at a discounted cost. The activity was carried out in partnership with the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), which placed focus on cervical cancer for the month’s observance, with the theme: ‘Cervical Cancer is the Most Preventable Cancer…Do Your Pap Smear’.
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Jamaicans Encouraged to Get Tested for Diabetes

Jamaicans Encouraged to Get Tested for Diabetes
Director of Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries Prevention, Minstry of Health, Dr. Tamu Davidson, points to a health promotion flyer during a recent interview with JIS News at her New Kingston offices. (Photo: Michael Sloley)
The Ministry of Health is appealing for more Jamaicans to get tested for diabetes, which currently affects over 236,200 citizens. Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Director of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Injuries Prevention, Dr. Tamu Davidson, says a 2016/17 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey shows that four out of 10 persons with diabetes were unaware that they had the disease.

“It points to the need for persons to get their health checks and to emphasise that in diabetes there are no symptoms in the early stages” she points out.
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Breast Cancer Concern Only 6% of Jamaican Women Over 40 Being Screened

Dr Carl Bruce
Dr Carl Bruce, medical chief of staff at the University Hospital of the West Indies (right), addressing the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Jamaica Observer: Only six per cent, or just over 30,000 Jamaican women over the age of 40 are electing to be screened for breast cancer, despite the dreaded disease causing 12 per cent of preventable deaths in the country. That is a major concern to the medical fraternity, Dr Carl Bruce, medical chief of staff at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), said recently.

“The reality is we believe that by 2030 one in two persons within the population will have cancer during their lifetime, and it therefore means that we have to start acting now… What we have to start doing is early detection, and therefore we have a responsibility to take to the population the importance of screening,”  Dr Bruce said.
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WHO Experts Confirm Breastfeeding Protects Against Child Obesity

WHO Experts Confirm Breastfeeding Protects Against Child Obesity
WHO Europe: A new study from WHO/Europe shows that, despite efforts aimed at prevention, parts of the WHO European Region continue to struggle with comparably higher rates of childhood obesity, while a second study shows that babies who have never or only infrequently been breastfed have an increased risk of becoming obese as children.

“The longer a child is breastfed, the greater their protection from obesity. This knowledge can strengthen our efforts in preventing obesity. Acting on childhood obesity – including severe obesity – can have major benefits, not only for child health and well-being, but also for national health care systems, so we must do all we can to promote and protect breastfeeding across the Region,” said Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course, WHO/Europe.
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Programme Officer - Tobacco Control, Jamaica

Programme Officer - Tobacco Control, Jamaica
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death. The Programme Officer will further efforts towards a Smoke Free Jamaica.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications
  • A keen interest in health promotion
  • University degree in Public Health, Behavioural Science, Mass Communication, Social Science, Business Management, Journalism, Public Relations or other related area, or direct relevant experience in a similar role.
  • Professional certification in Project Management would be an asset
  • 1 to 3 years of experience in managing projects of grants. (experience in the health- related field would be an asset)
  • Knowledge in behaviour change theories, communication and practice
  • Excellent spoken and written English: general ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives, Government officials, community groups and other key partners
  • Ability to work on own initiative
This position is for a year in the first instance.

Please send CV by email to: 

Deadline May 10, 2019 - Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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Obesity News From Across the Globe

Cycle Instead, Suggests New Obesity Study
Photo: World Obesity Federation

Commuting By Car Is Killing You So Cycle Instead, Suggests New Obesity Study

Forbes: Individuals with obesity who commute by car have a 32% higher risk of death compared with those individuals with a normal weight who have active commutes, such as those who cycle. That’s the finding of a new analysis of anonymised health stats from more than 160,000 British people presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity which is being staged in Glasgow, Scotland, until 1st May. Read more
Raise the Risk for Diabetes and Obesity?
Photo: Harvard Gazette

Could a Popular Food Ingredient Raise the Risk for Diabetes and Obesity?

The Havard Gazette: Consumption of propionate, an ingredient that’s widely used in baked goods, animal feeds, and artificial flavorings, appears to increase levels of several hormones that are associated with risk of obesity and diabetes, according to new research led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Read more
Obesity and Depression ‘Hand-in-Hand’ In Children
Photo: Getty Images

Obesity and Depression ‘Hand-in-Hand’ In Children

BBC News: Obese seven-year-olds are at greater risk of suffering emotional problems, such as anxiety and low mood, when they reach 11, a large UK study suggests. The Liverpool researchers found obesity and mental health were closely linked, and gradually increased throughout childhood. Read more
Obesity: How to help your child eat healthily
Photo: Getty Images

Obesity: How to Help Your Child Eat Healthily

BBC News: A key part of the city's strategy for tackling obesity was a focus on pre-school children and offering parents classes in how to encourage their children to be healthy.
But it's not always easy for parents and carers to know how to approach the subject of food. So what are the best things they can do? Read more
Eating More Rice Could Help Fight Obesity
Photo: Pixabay

Eating More Rice Could Help Fight Obesity, Study Suggests

Bloomberg: Eating rice may help prevent obesity, research suggests. Experts found that people following a Japanese or Asian-style diet based on rice were less likely to be obese than those living in countries where rice consumption was low. Read more
Has Leeds Cracked the Obesity Problem?
Photo: Getty Image

Has Leeds Cracked the Obesity Problem?

BBC News: News has emerged that one city - Leeds - has been making some progress. Figures presented to the European Congress on Obesity suggest Leeds has managed to reduce the number of children who are extremely overweight. Read more
Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter
  • We Were Featured in Noire Wellness’ #BalanceForBetter Campaign
  • The Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health Publishes Their Report on Health Taxes to Save Lives
  • We Host 'Girl Talk: Fibroids' in St Kitts
  • Discussions on Managing Conflict of Interest in NCD Prevention and Control in the Caribbean
  • Why We’re Focusing on Women’s Health in St Kitts and Nevis
  • Emotional Impact of Fibroids Webinar
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The American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Data Grant Portfolio

Closing Date for Applications 30th July 2019
AHA Grants
Grants are open to applicants outside the U.S., Training Grant applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, Clinical Training Grants are for recent medical school graduates. Fields of study using bioinformatics, code development, and scientific community development are welcome.
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New Funding Opportunity from the LINKS Initiative

LINKS initiative
 Photo: Links Global Community
A New funding opportunity from the LINKS initiative is now available. Led by Resolve to Save Lives, for those interested and working on cardiovascular disease prevention. Grants awarded this year are focused on managing high blood pressure, reducing salt intake and eliminating trans fats.

On Thursday May 9, 2019 from 9:00am-10:00am ET, there is an information session to review the criteria for submitting an application and provide a brief opportunity for members to ask questions about their application. Registration is required –  please register here.
If you are unable to attend this session, you may email your questions to A recording will of the session will be posted to the LINKS website.
In order to access the grant website you need to become members of LINKS, which you can be easily done here:
The new call for applications ends in 15 June 2019.
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Please Help to Monitor the Health of Caribbean Schools

My Healthy Caribbean School (MHCS) is an initiative of the HCC which provides students, teachers and parents with the opportunity to monitor the school environment with a focus on nutrition and physical activity.
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The NCD Alliance


In this edition:
  • NCDA's advocacy priorities for the 2019 UN HLM on UHC
  • To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more
  • Digital health & NCDs: Share your thoughts with NCDA
  • Applications for UICC's Young Leaders Programme now open
  • Why young people are speaking up for nutrition
  • New WHO studies on childhood obesity in Europe
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Back in T&T for Tea


The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation Go Red for Women High Tea and Fashion Show

The Go Red campaign reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, inspiring them to make a change because 1 in 3 women, worldwide, will die from heart disease – unnecessarily. Join the TTHF for an inspiring evening to raise awareness for women's heart health! Sunday 9th June 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, tickets are available now! Cost: $350.00.
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CARPHA Health Research Conference - Primary Health Care : Current and Future Models for the Caribbean

CARPHA Conference
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Cancer Support Services Annual Conference

Cancer Support Services Annual Conference
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Our Publications
CTA Beyond the Call to Action
CTA Beyond the Call to Action –  Towards School Policies in Support of Childhood Obesity Prevention
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Obesity Fact Sheets
Childhood Obesity Prevention Obesity Fact Sheets – intended to serve as tools to support civil society advocacy 
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