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April 19th - April 27th 2019


HCC Launches Childhood Obesity Prevention Webinar Series

Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative
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. The first webinar titled “Childhood Obesity: Time For A New Narrative” laid the groundwork for a new regional childhood obesity prevention storyline which recognizes that obesity:
  1. Must be tackled using a whole-of-society approach since its drivers are multifaceted;
  2. Is driven by exposure to obesogenic environments and is not the fault of individuals;
  3. Must be addressed though policies that consider the physical and social drivers of obesity, including inequalities, amongst children; and
  4. Is a chronic illness requiring prevention and management.
HCC webinar Childhood Obesity: Time For A New Narrative
HCC webinar Childhood Obesity: Time For A New Narrative, utilising the UWI Open Campus Blackboard Collaborate Platform
74 webinar attendees heard from a variety of global, regional and local experts from academia and civil society in the health sector. Speakers delivered presentations exploring the burdens, drivers and the global and regional responses to childhood obesity in the Caribbean before highlighting the key role youth engagement plays in childhood obesity prevention efforts. Attendees engaged in lively discussion, in the webinar chat room, over the course of the presentations and submitted questions which informed the question and answer session which followed.

We will share a recording of the webinar and the presentation slides in the near future.
Stay tuned for details of the next webinar in the HCC Childhood Obesity Prevention Series which will focus on regional action around Front-Of-Package warning labels.
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HCC Director Talks About Obesity in the Caribbean at Food Systems and Inequality Forum in Santiago, Chile

Dr. Christine Chin
Dr. Christine Chin speaking at the recent Food Systems and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean Forum, which took place in Santiago, Chile
HCC Director Dr Christine Chin recently attended a forum organised by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Region Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, it took place in Santiago, Chile  April 24 to 26, 2019, the theme of the forum was Food Systems and Inequality: solutions for Latin America and the Caribbean towards the Sustainable Development Goals, Dr Chin presented: Overweight and Obesity in the Caribbean.

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) Launch Water Cooler Distribution Project

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) Launch Water Cooler Distribution Project
From Left Sir Trevor Hassell President of Health Caribbean Coalition, President of HSFB Dr. Kenneth Connell, Ms. Joy Adamson Deputy Chief Education Officer Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Senator Lucille Moe Acting Minister Education, Technological and Vocational and Mr. Azhar Pandor Treasure Barbados Muslim Association, Dr. Abdul Mohamed President of the Barbados Muslim Association and Sueliman Bulbulia Secretary of the Barbados Muslim Association surrounded by students of Gordon Walters School. 
(Photo: HSFB)
HSFB Press Release: The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados Inc. (HSFB) is working with the Barbados Muslim Association to bridge a gap to meet one of the major challenges of providing clean drinking water to the nation’s schools. Therefore today’s launch at Gordon Walters Primary School is one which HSFB is fully endorsing.

Indicators from the CADRES Public Opinion Poll on Childhood Obesity Prevention commissioned by the Heart and Stroke Foundation in late 2018, show that 93% of Barbadians polled believe that there is a need for clean drinking water in our schools.

This water cooler project was initially rolled out by the Barbados Muslim Association in 2018, and this year it has become a national objective for the association investing $35,000. They have 10 schools on their schedule for 2019 and the Heart and Stroke Foundation is extremely pleased to work in making our school’s environment healthier for our children. Our Childhood Obesity Prevention Programme is set toward advocacy with the goal of restricting the access to Sugar Sweetened Drinks (SSBs) in schools.

Current statistics show that 1 in every 3 Caribbean children are obese or overweight, making them very vulnerable to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer as they get older. Therefore, a healthy school environment will be one of the main drivers in reducing the incidence in obesity and NCDs among our children.
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WHO Urges More Physical Activities and Less Screentime for Children

Who Urges More Physical Activities for Children
Photo: WHO
Jamaica Observer: The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday urged Caribbean parents not to allow their toddlers to spend no more than 60 minutes passively watching a screen every day, while babies under 12 months should have none.

It said this is to ensure that they grow up fit and well, as the international organisation launched its campaign to tackle the global obesity crisis.

The UN health agency, which has made recommendations specifically aimed at children under five years of age for the first time, said that an estimated 40 million children around the globe are overweight.

The guidelines, which refer to passive activities such as watching cartoons, for example, as opposed to going online to talk to a grandparent, build on data gathered in several countries which show that as many as 75 per cent of children do not have healthy lifestyles.
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“Added Sugar” Labels Could Pay for Themselves and Prevent Nearly a Million Cases of Disease

“Added Sugar” Labels Could Pay for Themselves
Photo: iStock/CHRISsadowski
New Food Economy: Back in 2016, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced sweeping changes to nutrition facts panels on packaged foods, the agency gave manufacturers until summer of 2018 to print new labels. The food industry complained that two years wasn’t enough time to increase the size of the calorie count or calculate the amount of added sugars in each product, and manufacturers were granted an extension until 2020.

Now, a new study published in Circulation by researchers from Tufts University lends a sense of urgency to finalizing these changes: Implementing the “added sugar” part of the labeling requirements could prevent 354,400 cases of cardiovascular disease, 599,300 cases of diabetes, and save $31 billion in healthcare costs over 20 years.
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AHA Circulation: Cost-Effectiveness of the US Food and Drug Administration Added Sugar Labeling Policy for Improving Diet and Health

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Sagicor Launches the Estates at St George Adult Active Lifestyle Community

Sagicor Launches the Estates at St George Adult Active Lifestyle Community
Turning the sod to launch The Estates at George, from left, Stephen McNamara, Sagicor Group chairman; Ravi Rambarran, Sagicor Group chief operating officer; Member of Parliament for St George South, Dwight Sutherland; Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley; and Edward Clarke, executive vice president and general manager, Sagicor Life Inc Barbados
(Photo: TT Newsday)
Barbados Advocate: Sagicor has started work on The Estates at St George, a $170 million investment that will see an adult, wellness and amenity-driven community with continuing care facilities completed at Boarded Hall, St George in Barbados.

Edward Clarke, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Sagicor Life Inc. in Barbados while speaking at The Estates at St. George, Boarded Hall, he indicated, “following infrastructure work, construction of the first phase will commence in the first quarter of 2020, and that there are plans to hand over keys to the proud owners before the end of the following year".

“Sagicor is very pleased to be the promoter of The Estates at St. George, which we see as very timely, firstly because of the contribution it will make towards our ongoing economic transformation and recovery initiatives, and secondly as it continues Sagicor’s tradition of championing health and investment aimed at improving the lives of people in the communities where we operate,” he continued.
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More Women at Risk - The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB)

More Women at Risk
Chief Executive Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Michelle Daniel (right) accepting the $20,000 sponsorship cheque for the Foundations upcoming - Different Strokes-The Polo Edition, from Head of Corporate and Commercial Credit at Consolidated Finance, Darrel Wilson (second from right), as President and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Finance Co. Limited, Rolf Phillips (second from left), and HSFB's Senior Vice-President and Fundraising Committee Chair, Ena Harvey, look on (Photo: Barbados Today)
Barbados Today: The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) is extremely concerned that the incidence of strokes among Barbadian women are outstripping that among men.

During a press conference at One Welches, St Thomas, Wednesday, where she received a $20,000 sponsorship cheque from Consolidated Finance Co. Limited to assist with the upcoming Different Strokes – The Polo Edition, the foundation’s CEO Michelle Daniel, said research by the Barbados Chronic Disease Research Centre showed that out of the 593 stroke events that occur in Barbados every year, a little more than 55 per cent occur in women.

HSFB’s senior vice-president and fundraising committee chair Ena Harvey noted that in light of women suffering from more strokes more than men, the foundation was currently planning an event for July to educate women about cardiac disease prevention and rehabilitation.
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The Globalization of Fast Food, Public Health and Why We Should Have an Eye on Jamaica

The Honourable Nigel Clarke
The Honourable Nigel Clarke, Jamaica's Minister of Finance and Public Service speaking at the Master's of Industry Reception of the Destination Experience Visionaries Summit
(Photo: Destination Experience)
Forbes: In Jamaica, quick service restaurants are the fastest growing segment of the restaurant sub-sector, with 50% of the market comprised of U.S. fast-food franchises (FAO, 2016). This trend is no doubt a direct response to increasing incomes, urbanization, market deregulation and foreign direct investment— according to the World Investment Report, Jamaica is the leading recipient of foreign direct investment inflows in the English-speaking Caribbean.

At the time of publication, there were 19 Burger Kings, 16 Dominos, 11 Pizza Huts, 7 Little Caesars, 36 KFCs, 9 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchens, 4 Subways, 9 Wendy’s and 2 TGI Fridays facing direct competition from local outlets such as 18 Island Grills, 61 Juici Patties and 32 Tastees, among others. This is a great deal of fast food competition for a 4,213 square mile island.
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NCD Alliance’s First Webinar of the New Advocacy Institute Webinar Series

Webinar of the New Advocacy Institute Webinar Series
Tuesday 30 April, 10:00-11:30 (EDT) // 16:00-17:30 (CEST).
NCDA's Advocacy Institute webinar series is a benefit of our member alliances to help them strengthen their coalition building work, but they are also open to all NCDA members and NGO supporters as it may help inform their own coalition building and capacity development work.
The objective of the first webinar will be to share the general concepts of strategic planning, followed by a presentation of three case studies from NCD Alliance, Healthy India Alliance and the NCD Alliance Nigeria. These case studies will help discuss and identify some of the opportunities and challenges in the Strategic Planning process, and encourage peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and support.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

Obesity News From Across the Globe

Sweet kills
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Sweet Kills: How Overconsumption of Sugar Is Making Malaysians Obese, Sick

New Straits Times Malaysia: Sugar has been described as the enemy of health. Unfortunately, many do not realise the hidden dangers of sugar and that it is the consistent link to the surge of obesity, globally. Read more
Junk Food Ads Binned by Queensland
Photo: ABC News

Junk Food Ads Binned by Queensland Government in Bid to Address Obesity

ABC News Australia: Health Minister Steven Miles said the unhealthy marketing would be phased out at more than 2,000 outdoor advertising spaces, including bus stops, train stations and road corridors. Read more
Links Between Too Much Weight and Several Types of Cancer
Photo: USC

The Disturbing Links Between Too Much Weight and Several Types of Cancer

Washington Post: Smoking has been the No. 1 preventable cause of cancer for decades and still kills more than 500,000 people a year in the United States. But obesity is poised to take the top spot, as Americans’ waistlines continue to expand while tobacco use plummets. Read more
Little or No Progress
Photo: PA Images

‘Little or No Progress’ in Tackling Obesity in Wales

ITV News UK: The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has accused the Welsh Government of making "little or no progress" on tackling obesity in Wales. The comments come as the government lays out its draft strategy to prevent and reduce obesity following a public consultation. Read more

Join the New HCC Facebook Group

HCC Facebook Group
We have now created a Healthy Caribbean Coalition Facebook group in order to make sure you are seeing more of our content, especially the content shared by other CSOs in the region. The group, which you can join here will allow you to control when you see our content, rather than relying on the Facebook feed which has become less reliable in terms of alerting people to new content.

The Group will help ensure you are seeing more HCC content and will give you the opportunity to share content directly with others who are interested in a heathy Caribbean. You will still be able to share content from the page and you can still go to our Facebook page, where we will still share more curated content.
To make it easier to be notified about our group content, you can set notifications on Facebook to see the page’s content via your Facebook notifications. To do this, join the page and be sure to highlight the notifications option just below the cover picture of the group. Be sure to set it to all posts so you will see everything. If that becomes too much, you can change to highlights.

For additional instructions click here.
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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.
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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Key Messages From Our Publications
Sodium Adds up
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The NCD Alliance


In this edition:
  • Get ready for WHA72: the NCDA event calendar is out!
  • ADI wants to hear what YOU think about dementia
  • Voices for Healthy Kids: 2018 Progress Report
  • WHO releases first guidelines on digital health interventions
  • Jamaica secures US$100 million from IDB to fight NCDs 
  • NCDA Advocacy Institute webinar on strategic planning
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Forthcoming Events


Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Polo Fundraiser

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Polo Fundraiser
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Cancer Support Services PSA Testing

Cancer Support Services PSA Testing
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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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