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April 28th

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Caribbean CSOs Responding to COVID-19

Showcasing The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados

Home-based Cardiac Rehabilitation

 “Cardiac rehabilitation services are comprehensive, long-term programs involving medical evaluation, prescribed exercise, cardiac risk factor modification, education, and counselling. These programs are designed to limit the physiologic and psychological effects of cardiac illness, reduce the risk for sudden death or re-infarction, control cardiac symptoms, stabilize or reverse the atherosclerotic process, and enhance the psychosocial and vocational status of selected patients.” Thomas RJ, King M, Lui K, et al. AACVPR/ACC/AHA 2007

Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) is strongly recommended by cardiovascular societal guidelines post cardiac events such as myocardial infarction or bypass surgery and we at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) Inc. have long recognised this.

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has led to widespread changes in the way healthcare is being administered worldwide. The practice of social distancing to decrease the likelihood of transmission of coronavirus means that traditional gym-based rehab programmes are inadvisable, especially since the target demographic are the ones at highest risk for complicated COVID-19.  Home-based cardiac rehabilitation is an alternative for administration of cardiac rehabilitation. This form of CR may be offered to clients whose ability to come to a rehab centre is limited, either because of transportation or distance from the rehab centre, inability to schedule rehab visits due to employment, or disability. It is a tried and tested alternative approach to in-house cardiac rehab
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Healthy and Lean in Quarantine Social Media Series

Healthy and Lean in Quarantine Social Media Series
As Barbados and the region started to tackle the challenges associated with COVID-19, HSFB supported the overall COVID-19 public education via the re-posting of all national Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on its social media platforms. However, HSFB soon noticed that the resulting national lockdown to deal with COVID-19, created another scenario for families which could lead to increased childhood obesity issues and the resulting NCDS post-COVID-19. 

In response, on April 1st, 2020, HSFB’s COP team launched a video series across its social media platforms called ‘Healthy and Lean in Quarantine’. The series was aimed primarily at parents to promote the importance of positive nutrition practices; regular exercise and healthier snack choices during this period.
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HCC Student Intern Explores the Barriers to Physical Education in Barbados

Alissa Terp
HCC Student Intern Alissa Terp
Alissa Terp joined HCC as a Student Intern for 3 months in 2020, during this time she worked on a a project entitled ‘Exploring Barriers to Physical Education in Barbados’. Alissa is studying Global Nutrition and Health at the University College Copenhagen in her home country of Denmark.

My name is Alissa Terp and I am currently studying Global Nutrition and Health at University College Copenhagen in Denmark. As a part of my education I have to complete 2 internships before graduating. Two of the areas that I am most passionate about is physical activity (PA) and change of habits. and I was lucky to be able to work on a project that allowed me to explore PA amongst adolescents in Barbados.

WHO recommends 60 minutes of daily activity for children and adolescents. Being physically active comes with several benefits, but most importantly for childhood obesity prevention, it helps to maintain a healthy body weight. Studies have shown students’ ability to focus improves after being physically active along with improved test scores when being continually physically active. Despite the benefits, results from the Global School-Based Student Health Survey conducted in 2011 by WHO highlights the problem of physical inactivity amongst adolescents in Barbados. Only 29.1% of Barbadian students had been physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes a day on 5 days or more during the past 7 days.
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Alissa also created a set of Lets Get Active at Home, COVID-19 related physical activity, social media visuals.
Stay Active
Lets Get Active at Home
Lets Get Active at Home
Brain Breaks
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Coronavirus Has Been an Unpleasant Wake Up Call of More Than One Sort - Video and Related Article Featuring Dr C. James Hospedales

"What Future Should We Choose?" 
A poem by 7 Doctors from 6 Countries. including Dr C. James Hospedales Chair, The Defeat-NCD Partnership Executive Committee and HCC Special Advisor.
BMJ: Our human propensity to ignore non-immediate threats until they are upon us has led to many unfortunate tragedies. Rarely though have we had the opportunity to watch one play out so dramatically, as government after government delayed action until it was too late to prevent community spread of the coronavirus. 

Taking a step back; a global pandemic had been predicted for years. We didn’t know exactly which pathogen would be causative; whether influenza, paramyxovirus, picornavirus or coronavirus, but we knew it would come. With 1.4 billion international travel arrivals annually worldwide, and our great exploitation of the environment, a rapidly spreading outbreak was inevitable. After SARS, MERS, and Swine Flu, many commentators, including Bill Gates advised that it was not a case of if, but when the next global pandemic would strike.
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Backyard Gardening Initiatives in our Region - Every Seed Counts! 

British Virgin Islands Backyard Gardening Initiative

British Virgin Islands Backyard Gardening Initiative - “Garden to Plate - Feed Yourself, Feed Your Community”

The British Virgin Islands Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture recently launched a backyard gardening initiative. The competition seeks to encourage outdoor activity, household nutrition and foster food security while promoting sustainable agricultural practices. Read more
National Tree Planting Project Barbados – Fruit trees delivered to your doorstep

National Tree Planting Project Barbados - Fruit trees delivered to your doorstep

The National Tree Planting Project Barbados in association with the Innotech Group of Companies, the NCC and Capital Media HD 99.3 has already begun distributing over 3000 free fruit trees to local households to encourage family time and ultimately contribute to food security in Barbados.
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COVID-19 Coronavirus

Consumption of Healthy Foods Still Key During Pandemic

Consumption of Healthy Foods Still Key During Pandemic
Barbados Advocate: Recognising that one in every three children in the Caribbean is overweight or obese, adults who are preparing meals for children in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, must ensure that they are providing these young ones with “a healthy plate”.

Now that children are off from school, at least physically, they may not really consider how they eat or what they eat, but now is the time to ensure that their diet consists of some healthy fruits and vegetables and that meals are well-balanced. It may not be easy, given that some persons have just been focusing on getting the essentials, groceries wise, but an effort can be made to ensure that our children are seeing after their nutrition and getting some exercise as well.

Both the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and the OECS Commission have agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to undermine the gains made in recent years, in the prevention and control of diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as well as the maintenance of good health among people living with NCDs. As such, the two entities released a joint statement on “Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security in the Caribbean: A Legacy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic” and one key area of focus is on putting together an “Essential Basket of Food Items”, which would include fruits and vegetables. The idea is to ensure that those in the vulnerable category do not just stock up on highly processed non-perishables goods, but that they have access to a well-rounded diet.
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HCC COVID-19 Webpage
Thank the COVID-19 Frontline workers
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How Can Obesity Affect Your COVID-19 Coronavirus Risk? Here Are Some Possibilities

Forbes: For years, experts have been warning our society about not doing enough to prepare for an infectious disease pandemic. This year with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, you’ve seen how that went. At the same time, for years, experts have been warning our society about not doing enough to address the continuing obesity epidemic. Yep, that’s not going too well either. Read more
Do You or a Family Member Have Diabetes, Hypertension or Cardiovascular Disease?

Do You or a Family Member Have Diabetes, Hypertension or Cardiovascular Disease?

Join this 6 week Online NCD Self Care Management Opportunity Today! Daily tips, videos and live sessions by Health Care Professionals. Follow the Facebook, Instagram or YouTube Page,visit the site daily at any time, give yourself time to engage and keep a journal, invite a friend or family member to watch with you and commit to the journey & share with others! Read more
Say No to Alcohol for Now! 4 Myths About Alcohol and COVID-19
Photo: Loop News

Say No to Alcohol for Now! 4 Myths About Alcohol and COVID-19

Loop News: Drinking alcohol and COVID-19 do not mix. With the help of the World Health Organisation (WHO), let's bust some myths about the use of alcohol, liquor and spirits during this COVID-19 pandemic. Many Caribbean people preach that "a lil alcohol nevuh kill nobody" like it's the gospel. Some islanders would even say, "rum kills de worms". No, no, no! Read more
Should You Diet Amid COVID-19 Outbreak?
Photo: Jamaica Observer

Should You Diet Amid COVID-19 Outbreak?

Jamaica Observer: THE data is showing that initial health markers compose the critical metric in predicting which individuals with COVID-19 will have minor or major symptoms, become severely ill, critically ill or possibly die. We are familiar with the underlying, high-risk conditions that have been publicised from the early days of the pandemic.
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Caribbean COVID19 Food Security & Livelihoods Survey 2020

Caribbean COVID19 Food Security & Livelihoods Survey 2020
The survey provides a deeper overview of the impacts caused by disruptions of COVID19 on markets, livelihoods and food security. It was conducted on behalf of CARICOM and CDEMA by WFP with support by FAO.
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The United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN): COVID-19 Survey

The United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition:
Please take this short questionnaire on the impacts of COVID-19 on our everyday life. It will only take 5 minutes of your time.
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Risk of Death From COVID-19 Four Times Greater for Those With Diabetes
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Risk of Death From COVID-19 Four Times Greater for Those With Diabetes

Healthline: New research delves into the impact that diabetes and poorly managed hyperglycemia may have in people hospitalized for COVID-19. The findings suggest a stark higher risk of death: The in-hospital death rate and longer length of hospital stay were more than four times higher for people with these conditions, according to a press release. 
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Healthy Food: The Unexpected Medicine for COVID-19 and National Security
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Healthy Food: The Unexpected Medicine for COVID-19 and National Security

The Hill: Many in Washington are shouting “follow the science.” With the novel coronavirus, while there is significant confusion over effective medical treatments to prevent or cure COVID-19, one key piece of scientific evidence is beyond dispute: Those at the highest risk of extreme illness and death have underlying conditions.
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In Sickest COVID-19 Patients, Underlying Conditions Are Common, Large Study Finds
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In Sickest COVID-19 Patients, Underlying Conditions Are Common, Large Study Finds

NBC News: People with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are at greater risk for complications from the coronavirus, according to a large study of patients hospitalized with the illness it causes.
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Penn State Nutritionist Shares Tips for Feeding Kids While Stuck at Home
Photo: Getty Images/Dean Mitchell

Penn State Nutritionist Shares Tips for Feeding Kids While Stuck at Home

Penn State News: Balancing finicky kid appetites with proper nutrition can be a challenge in the best of times. But now, with the majority of schools and day cares closed across Pennsylvania, many parents working from home, and schedules thrown in disarray, it may seem downright impossible..
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GHAI Launches Healthy Food Policy Advocacy Fund

GHAI Launches Healthy Food Policy Advocacy Fund
Photo: GHAI website
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator is pleased to invite concept note submissions for the new Healthy Food Policy Advocacy Fund.

About the Advocacy Fund: The Advocacy Fund will provide critical support to help promising legislative or regulatory efforts on healthy food policy priorities cross the finish line. These policy priority areas include: taxes on sugary beverages and/or ultra processed food, front-of-package nutrition labeling, restrictions on marketing of unhealthy food and beverages, and healthy public sector food environments, including schools. In rare cases, proposals outside of these priority areas will be considered if they describe an innovative or novel approach to healthy food policy and are based on best available evidence.
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Obesity Is Greatest Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes Irrespective of Genetics

Obesity Is Greatest Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes Irrespective of Genetics
Photo: diabetes.co.uk
Diabetes.co.uk The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is six times greater among obese people, irrespective of genetics, researchers have said.

A Danish study involving 4,729 people and a randomly selected group of 5,402 individuals, showed that obesity is a “dominant” risk factor compared with other factors.
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Juice Labels ‘Blur the Distinction’ Between Drinks Recommended for Children & Those With Added Sugar

Juice Labels ‘Blur the Distinction’ Between Drinks Recommended for Children & Those With Added Sugar
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Food Navigator: After discovering juice, juice drinks and flavored water labels and claims are “virtually indistinguishable” from one another, researchers recommend FDA revise labeling regulations for children’s beverages to help consumers make healthier choices.

“Clear and transparent labeling is essential to provide information to consumers and support caretakers’ efforts to ensure healthy diets for young children. Yet, we identified numerous labeling practices that obscure the true nature of drinks purporting to contain juice and would make it difficult for consumer to identify healthier products,” researchers led by Jennifer Pomeranz, an assistant professor of public health policy and management at NYU School of Global Public Health, report in a study published online April 16 in the American Journal of Public Health.
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The High Cost of a Poor Diet

The High Cost of a Poor Diet
Photo: © Harvard Health Publishing
Harvard Health Publishing: Unhealthy eating habits cost the American health care system about $50 billion a year just for heart-related diseases. What you choose to eat every day has a major influence on your cardio-vascular health. But did you know that your dietary choices - combined with those of everyone else in this country - also have a big impact on our nation's economic health?

"About 45% of the cost associated with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes - what we call cardiometabolic disease - is related to an unhealthy diet," says cardiologist Dr. Thomas A. Gaziano, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Here's the key thing to know about an unhealthy diet: what you're not eating may be just as important as what you are eating.
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NCD Alliance Newsletter

NCD Alliance
  • People living with diabetes share their stories during COVID-19
  • Gender, COVID-19, and NCDs: men’s neglected vulnerability
  • NCDA network webinar: COVID-19 and health systems
  • Virtual conference: COVID-19 and cardiovascular care
  • Support World Immunization Week from 24-30 April 2020
  • Statement: COVID-19 and the risk of missing vaccines
  • Prioritising mental health during COVID-19
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Our Work

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean

How Much Sugar is in Your Beverage? Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
Our 'Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean' infographics are now available as a package, the package includes the full size infographic, a web-booklet version, a full colour printable version, reduced colour version for in house printing and three social media visuals which are shown below.
Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals

A set of infographics, highlighting childhood obesity, the risks and the HCC policy asks.
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood Obesity Prevention
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Social media graphics to campaign for the implementation of our Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
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HCC Technical Brief and Eight Advocacy Priorities

HCC Technical Brief:
HCC Technical Brief: First United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage: Technical Brief for CARICOM Countries - A Contribution from Civil Society.
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HCC Advocacy Priorities
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
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Please Help to Monitor the Health of Caribbean Schools

MHCS
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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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

Key Messages From Our Publications

Call to Urgent Action
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No Marketing to Children
No marketing of unhealthy foods to children
HCC has created a series of  visuals to advocate for front of package nutrition warning labels and to also to campaign against the marketing of unhealthy foods to children. Find out more information here.
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CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
A set of infographics
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Call to Urgent Action
Call to Urgent Action - Infographics and Social Media Visuals
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