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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

July 24th - July 30th 2015


Burger King Lists Nutritional Data of Food Items

Burger King Barbados List Nutritional Data of Menu Items
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados, congratulates the Barbados franchise of Burger King. Mr. Ralph "Bizzy" Williams and his team, who have listened to the social voice of The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados.

In store the "Burger King" franchise, there is now listed the Nutritional Data of the specific food on the menu.
This gives each customer the knowledge which they need to make an informed decision, from calorie to sugar content. This small step, has already had the impact with some Barbadians, as those who have been managing their eating habits, realize that they have a better handle on the nutritional data. Included in this are things such as portion size, calories, sugar and sodium to name a few.

Heart & Stroke Foundation CEO, Mrs. Gina Pitts, said "Thank you for listening and following through on your promise. Mr. Williams is a true entrepreneurial leader, who remains in touch with society, whether it is energy, dairy & produce or NCDs". Mrs. Pitts further said, "this is a clear example more fast-food restaurants should follow..." such that the consumer's decision is even more informed, when it comes to eating.


Dr. George Highlights Community-based Approach in Diabetes Fight

Dr. George Highlights Community-based Approach in Diabetes Fight
BARBADOS Senior Medical Officer of Health (CNCD) Dr. Kenneth George has assured concerted effort is ongoing to tackle diabetes and hypertension in Barbados.

Yesterday he highlighted two initiatives being embarked upon, one targeting the community and the other seeking to strengthen the level of primary and secondary care on the island.
Speaking at a training workshop hosted by the Barbados Diabetes Education Task Force, Dr. George revealed that the Ministry is working closely with the Diabetes Association of Barbados in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation to train community leaders who would be responsible for prevention, control and treatment at the community level. Read more

Health-related Food Taxes and Subsidies: A Critique of Opposition Arguments

Health-related food taxes and subsidies are a hot topic internationally. Emerging research suggests they could improve diets and produce substantial health gains. However, the proposition of food pricing policies often meets with vigorous opposition and a range of counter-arguments relating to potential harms, lack of efficacy, and incursion on personal freedoms. In this blog, we briefly analyse 8 common arguments raised in opposition to such policies, and consider their basis drawing on the best available NZ and international evidence. Read more

10 Cancers Linked to being overweight or obese

World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRFI) infographic
World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRFI) infographic.

Analysis of worldwide research shows strong evidence that there are now 10 cancers linked to being overweight or obese.

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Erectile Dysfunction: A Marker for Heart Disease

Erectile Dysfunction: A Marker for Heart Disease
Jamaica - Trouble getting and keeping an erection for sexual activity is more than just a problem in a man's pants or in the sack – it is an early sign of impending heart disease. Consultant urologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies Dr Belinda Morrison told the Jamaica Observer in a recent interview that underlying disease is the first thing for which men with erectile dysfunction are evaluated. Read more

Diabetes Association of Barbados Host Market Day

Diabetes Association of Barbados Host Market Day
Yesterday, persons from all walks of life had an opportunity to procure their fruits and vegetables for the long Crop Over weekend, when the Diabetes Association of Barbados held the July edition of their Market Day. The event which comes every last-Thursday of the month, was conceptualised back in 2009 by the association’s first and longest-serving President, John Grace.
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
One Small Step
for man, one large step for mankind...

This week, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados, congratulates the Barbados franchise, "Burger King"

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here
Time for Global Action 2015

Transforming Our World by 2030: A New Agenda For Global Action

On 25 to 27 September 2015 Heads of State will come together in New York for a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  The elements of post-2015 will include a Declaration; Sustainable Development Goals and targets; Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development; and follow-up and review. These can be found in the Final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda currently under review through a series of Intergovernmental negotiations (IGN).

As we lead up to the UN Summit in September, the HCC will be seeking to build regional awareness, buy-in and commitment to supporting the post 2015 development agenda at all levels, from individuals to organisations including civil society, private sector and governments. Every week will be sharing elements of the outcome document (currently final draft under review through IGN) during our weekly roundup. See this week’s excerpt below.

Our commitment and shared principles

10. We recall the outcomes of major UN conferences and summits which have laid a solid foundation for sustainable development and have helped to shape the new Agenda. These include the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; the Millennium Declaration; the World Summit on Sustainable Development; the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio + 20”); and the latter’s follow-up intergovernmental processes. We recall also the synthesis report produced by the Secretary General of the United Nations in December 2014.

11. The new Agenda is guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect for international law. It is grounded also in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments such as the Declaration on the Right to Development. We reaffirm all the principles of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, including, inter alia, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. 
For more on the post 2015 development process click here
To see the full Final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda click here
For more information on the post 2015 development agenda visit the NCD Alliance here
For more information on Advocacy on NCDs and the post 2015 development agenda check out the NCD Alliance Toolkit here
For more information on the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda click here

Obesity and NCDs in the News in UK

  • Study finds obese people may struggle to reach a healthy weight read more
  • How town planning can make us thin and healthy: Architects show that more green space and less housing density has a clear effect on public health read more
  • Cost of obesity, drug abuse and alcoholism to be revealed read more
  • Swapping the sofa for a stroll can take three inches off your waistline: Walking and standing can also cut risk of diabetes and heart disease read more
The 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health 2015

Prostate Cancer: Five types 'found'

Scientists have identified five types of prostate cancer, each with a distinct genetic signature. And by comparing 250 samples removed in surgery with the patients' subsequent progress, they have identified some types that are more likely to recur. Until now, there has been no reliable way to know which patients have the more aggressive cancers requiring the most urgent and intensive therapy. Read more

Cigarette Smoke Affects Your Body

Cigarette Smoke Affects Your Body
Infographic from

Listing the Cancers caused by smoking and the effects that smoking has the human body.
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • Final step to agree on Sustainable Development Goals
  • WHO/GCM Working group on financing for NCDs releases interim report
  • "The right to health must not be negotiated away for trade gains," says UNAIDS
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HCC News Roundup Archive - If you have missed any of our News Roundups you can view previous Roundups on our News Roundup Archive webpage here.
The HCC is a regional network of Caribbean health NGOs and civil society organizations with the remit to combat chronic diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions. Our membership presently consists of more than 50 Caribbean-based health NGOs and over 55 not-for-profit organisations and, in excess of 200 individual members based in the Caribbean and across the globe.

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