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Healthy Caribbean Coalition

June 28th 2019

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HCC Calls on Heads of CARICOM to Prioritise UHC and Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies As They Prepare for the 40th Conference of Heads in St. Lucia Next Week

HCC Calls on Heads of CARICOM to Prioritise UHC

HCC OPEN LETTER

TO CARICOM HEADS OF GOVERNMENT AT THE 40TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT

JULY 3-5, 2019, ST. LUCIA
 

Dear Honourable Heads of Government of CARICOM,
 
On the occasion of this, the Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) calls on you, Caribbean Heads of Government and State, to indicate your commitment to support the 1st United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage to be held on September 23rd in New York during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly and recommit to prioritise the reduction of childhood overweight and obesity in CARICOM.
 
The 1st United Nations High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (HLM-UHC) follows and complements the 3rd High-Level Meeting on NCDs held in September 2018, at which representation from CARICOM was excellent. We congratulate you for your leadership. 
 
The theme of the HLM-UHC is ‘Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World.’ Achieving universal health coverage, including quality essential service coverage and financial protection for all, is target 3.8 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This HLM-UHC represents a critical window of opportunity to galvanize the highest level of political support and commitment to creating equitable health systems which ensure ‘health for all’, including the most marginalized populations.  The development of a clear, target-driven political declaration on UHC will assist Member States in moving closer towards achieving WHO’s ambitious target of one billion more people benefiting from UHC by 2023.
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The 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be held in Saint Lucia, 3 - 5 July 2019, with implementation of measures to enhance the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) expected to be high on the agenda.

The Meeting, at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Hotel, will be held under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Honourable Allen Chastanet.  
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HCC Hosts Webinar on Front of Package Nutrition Labels As the Caribbean Votes on the Regional Measure

Second Webinar in the Chilhood Obesity Prevention Series
Webinar recording available now
On June Friday June 21st, 2019, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, with the support of the UWI Open Campus and Sagicor, continued its successful childhood obesity webinar series in support of the of the Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean. the second webinar in the HCC Childhood Obesity Prevention Webinar Series entitled Pushing and Pulling: The Caribbean Experience Moving Towards Front-Of-Package Nutrition Labels, aimed to build public and policymaker awareness and support for the introduction of mandatory front-of-package nutrition labels in the Caribbean.

102 webinar attendees listened to presentations from regional and global experts examining regional multistakeholder efforts, experiences and perspectives related to the promotion of a CARICOM front-of-package nutrition warning label that assists consumers in making informed decisions about the nutritional content of pre-packaged food and beverage items in their shopping carts. The CARICOM region is currently engaged in an extensive consultative process around the adoption of mandatory Front-Of-Package (FOP) nutrition labels proposed in the revision of the CARICOM Regional Standard Labelling of Foods -Pre-Packaged Foods – Specification, CRS5:201X currently under development by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).

This webinar explored provisions for FOP nutrition labelling described in the revision of the CARICOM Regional Standard, provided updates on the regional standards adoption process, considered the PAHO Nutrient Profile and its application as it relates to FOP labels, made the case for the “High In” FOP warning label, illustrated global country experiences in the implementation of FOP warning labels, shared government and civil society experiences advocating for FOP nutrition labels, explored diverse stakeholder perspectives and practical implications of the proposed scheme including the impact on regional trade.

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.

More information and the presentation slides are available by clicking/tapping on the button below.
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What’s Next?

What can you do to influence the regional process?

The upcoming period - July to October, is a critical time in which the region will vote on the final standards. In the coming months, HCC will continue to work with our partners at the regional and national level to build support for the proposed warning labels.

If you are interested in working with us (including being connected to national advocates or the local Bureaus of Standards) OR obtaining more information and materials to support your advocacy please reach out to Maisha Hutton (maisha.hutton@healthycaribbean.org).

Peru: Nutrition Warning Labels Become Mandatory

Nutrition Warning labels Peru
Nutrition Warning labels Peru (Photo:Food Navigator website)
As of June 17, all processed food and drink products sold in Peru must carry a 'stop sign' warning label if they are high in salt, sugar and saturated fat, or contain trans fat.
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Caribbean Represented at NCD Alliance Our Views, Our Voices Training in Geneva

Caribbean Represented at NCD Alliance Our Views, Our Voices Training in Geneva
L to R HCC Advocacy Officer Jenna Thompson, Diana Gittens and Asha Samaroo at the Our Views, Our Voices Train the Trainer 2019 workshop (Photo: Jenna Thompson)
NCD Alliance: From 26-28 June, Diana Gittens, Asha Samaroo and HCC Advocacy Officer Jenna Thompson, travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to represent the Caribbean at the Our Views, Our Voices 2019 Train the Trainer workshop organised by the NCD Alliance. 22 people living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and national/regional NCD alliance representatives from 11 countries took part in the workshop.
Caribbean Represented at NCD Alliance Our Views, Our Voices Training in Geneva
HCC Advocacy Officer Jenna Thompson (second from left) and other participants familiarise themselves with the NCD global policy landscape, key elements of sharing personal stories to drive change, and mechanisms to promote meaningful involvement of people living with NCDs. (Photo: NCD Alliance)
With the aim of equipping people living with NCDs with skills to become effective NCD spokespersons and advocates as well as confident trainers, the workshop follows a peer-led approach that enables people to share their lived experiences to amplify the Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs in countries and communities and build a powerful narrative for action on NCDs.

The aim of the three-day interactive workshop was to familiarise participants with the NCD global policy landscape, key elements of sharing personal stories to drive change and mechanisms to promote meaningful involvement of people with NCDs. Group activities and personal reflections aimed to hone participants’ communication, advocacy and training and facilitation skills to harness the power of their lived experiences to build an impactful public narrative on NCDs and mobilise their communities to call for change.
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Hear From Our HCC and TTNCDA Reps at the
Global NCDA OVOV Training in Geneva

Jenna Thompson
Jenna Thompson
Diana Gittens
Diana Gittens
Asha Samaroo
Asha Samaroo

HCC Policy and Practice Advisor Recieves an Award at CARPHA 64th Annual Research Conference

Carissa F. Etienne
Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (left) and Professor T Alafia Samuels Director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre and Policy and Practice Advisor
Nicole Foster
Nicole Foster, Lecturer in Law UWI, Attorney-at-Law and HCC Policy Advisor (left) with Professor T Alafia Samuels Director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre and HCC Policy and Practice Advisor
Professor T Alafia Samuels Director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre and HCC Policy and Practice Advisor recieved an award for 'Outstanding Contribution in Public Health & Epidemiology of Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Research' at the recent CARPHA 64th Annual Research Conference held in Trinidad & Tobago.

The Pan American Journal of Public Health thematic issue on the Port of Spain Declaration Evaluation (POSDEVAL) was also launched a the conference. The POSDEVAL was carried out by an international and regional team of researchers who assessed the 2007 CARICOM Heads of Government Port-of-Spain NCD Summit Declaration. The research was led by the Professor Samuels and Professor Nigel Unwin of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre/Caribbean Institute for Health Research, University of the West Indies, based in Barbados.
Health a Political Choice
Professor Samuels also delivered a keynote presentation at the CARPHA 64th Annual Research Conference entitled 'The Particular Challenges of NCDs in Small Island Developing States' and made a major contribution to a recent a Global Governance Project/WHO Publication entitled 'Health a Political Choice', writing the chapter on 'UHC in small island developing states' (pages 78-79). Read here.

CARPHA Director Praises PM Harris’ Intervention on Regional Health Matters

CARPHA Director Praises PM Harris’ Intervention on Regional Health Matters
Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis (left) and Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA (Photo:Daily Herald website)
The Daily Herald: Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales has hailed the exemplary contributions of Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Timothy Harris on matters pertaining to the region’s health sector, particularly in the area of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Over the last several years, Harris has championed the health threat of non-communicable diseases and its impact on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). In his September 2018 address at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the prime minister drew the international community’s attention to the matter and advocated for a greater level of assistance to help curb its high incidence.
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Caribbean Community of Practice for Health Policy and Systems Research (COP4HPSR)
The Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development Newsletter

The Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development Newsletter

The Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development Newsletter is a primary platform for the CCHSRD to connect and communicate with our stakeholders. On a quarterly basis, we will share articles related to health research, focusing on relevant and timely Health Policy and Systems Research evidence as well as training and funding opportunities.  
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Caribbean Community of Practice for Health Policy and Systems Research

Caribbean Community of Practice for Health Policy and Systems Research

Caribbean Community of Practice for Health Policy and Systems Research is a network of researchers, health professionals, policymakers, and stakeholders in CARICOM, who are committed to building Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) capacity in the Caribbean, through information sharing; joint research; peer-to-peer support; and training activities. 
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Growth & Jobs, NCDs Could Impact Productivity

Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health for Jamaica
Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health for Jamaica (Photo: HCC Archive)
Jamaica Gleaner: Jamaica could lose an estimated $47 billion in workforce productivity over the next 15 years, if more is not done to reduce the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the population.

Dr Christopher Tufton, who was speaking during the plenary session of the biennnial Jamaican Diaspora Conference about health and wellness, highlighted that NCDs were “a clear and present danger,” because they represented two-thirds of all deaths which occur in Jamaica.
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ECHORN/Yale TCC ‘Nutrition and NCDs’ Webinar Series

ECHORN/Yale TCC
In case you missed them, the recordings of the ECHORN/Yale TCC ‘Nutrition and NCDs’ Webinar Series webinars are now available including:
  • The Road to, and Beyond, the UN High Level Meetings on NCDs: Caribbean Civil Society Perspective, presented by Sir Trevor Hassell
  • Developmental Origins of Non-Communicable Diseases: Can Early Life Interventions Change the Story?, presented by Dr. Maribel Campos Rivera
  • Addressing Dietary Disparities, presented by Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos
  • Moderate Household Food Insecurity is Associated with Nutrition-Related Cardiometabolic Conditions in the ECHORN Cohort Study, presented by Dr. Josefa Martinez
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T&T Heart Foundation Host Go Red for Women 

T&T Heart Foundation Host Go Red for Women 
(Photos:T&T Guardian)
T&T Guardian: The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation hosted their "Go Red for Women" High Tea and Fashion Show on June 9, from 3pm to 6pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain.

In attendance were close to 600 patrons, both men and women, who heeded the call to come out in their finest red outfits, in support of raising awareness of cardiac health in women.

Delivering remarks on the brief programme were Dr Sabita Harriksoon, Chairperson of the "Go Red for Women" Campaign in T&T, Mrs Reema Carmona, wife of former T&T President ANthony Carmona and patron of the campaign and the Honourable Terance Deyalsingh, Minister of Health.
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Coleridge & Parry School Win Sir Clifford Husbands Agriculture Challenge

Coleridge & Parry School Win Sir Clifford Husbands Agriculture Challenge
(Photo:Barbados Today)
Barbados Today: Coleridge & Parry School is the winner of this year’s Sir Clifford Husbands Agriculture Challenge. The team of Trinity Gibson and Eboni Browne, who produced a green smoothie from watermelon, celery, linseed and cucumber, was judged the most impressive among their fellow competitors from Combermere School, Foundation School, Queen’s College and Alleyne School.

Chairman of Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Sir Trevor Hassell, encouraged the participating schools to follow the example of other education institutions in banning sugar-sweetened beverages.

“There are some schools in Barbados, St Michael School, Gordon Walters [Primary], Queens College, Lodge School, where you’re not allowed to bring sugar-sweetened beverages at all. And maybe some of you young people here that are at your schools, I’d like to encourage you to say that you would like your school to have a situation where there are no sugar-sweetened beverages at all,” Sir Trevor said.
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World Cancer Research Fund Continuous Update Project

How Diet, Nutrition and Physical Activity Affect Skin Cancer Risk
How Diet, Nutrition and Physical Activity Affect Skin Cancer Risk
WCRF: As part of their Continuous Update Project (CUP) World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research have published a new report on Skin Cancer. In total, this report analyses 55 studies from around the world, covering nearly 13 million adults and over 56,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 27,000 cases of melanoma skin cancer.

Skin cancers can be divided into two main groups: melanoma and non-melanoma. In 2018, melanoma accounted for about 22 per cent of skin cancer diagnoses, and non-melanoma tumours accounted for about 78 per cent of skin cancer diagnoses. The most common non-melanoma tumours are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
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San Francisco Becomes First US City to Ban E-Cigarettes

(Photo:Getty Images)
BBC News: San Francisco has become the first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes until their health effects are clearer.

Officials on Tuesday voted to ban stores selling the vaporisers and made it illegal for online retailers to deliver to addresses in the city.

The Californian city is home to Juul Labs, the most popular e-cigarette producer in the US.

Related Media:
Only two Caribbean countries have e-cigarette regulations, smoking e-cigarettes in public spaces in banned in Barbados and Jamaica.

WHO Global Action Plan for Healthier Lives and Well-Being for All

WHO Global Action Plan for Healthier Lives and Well-Being for All
(Photo:WHO website)
WHO: The Global Action Plan represents an historic commitment to advancing collective action and accelerating progress towards the SDGs. Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the Plan unites the work of 11 leading global organizations active in health. More organizations are expected to join the plan; the World Food Programme has committed already and will be fully engaged as we enter phase two.

The final plan will be delivered in September 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly. The plan builds on growing commitment among global actors to improve coordination on health, in a field that has long been a source of innovation and impact. Global health has set new standards for global solidarity, international cooperation and the centrality of human rights to sustainable development. Global health has forged new ways to leverage the power of civil society and the private sector and generated innovative modalities and powerful technologies to address complex global health issues.
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New Series of Briefs from the Centre for Food Policy

Tackling food systems challenges: the role of food policy

Brief 1: Tackling food systems challenges: the role of food policy

The first brief “Tackling food systems challenges: the role of food policy”  provides a new, simple definition of food policy, sets up the historical context of food policy, provides examples and then sets out the ten steps needed for food policy to do a better job.

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Understanding the food system: Why it matters for food policy

Brief 2: Understanding the food system: Why it matters for food policy

The second brief “Understanding the food system: Why it matters for food policy” sets out the different elements of the food system and presents a new, policy-oriented depiction of the food system, with the interconnected dimensions of economics, politics, environment, health and society where policy solutions lie circling around the food supply chain at the core. Read/download
More briefs will be published over the next few months.

ECHORN Receives the UWI Globalisation Award

ECHORN
The Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) has been selected as the recipient of the 2018-2019 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in International Collaboration: The Globalisation Award from the University of the West Indies (UWI).

The Globalisation Award recognizes active engagement in international collaboration that advances knowledge globally, addresses significant regional or international development challenges, or achieves capacity development of the collaborating partners or their stakeholders. ECHORN, a first-of-its-kind collaborative research and implementation network in the region, has substantially strengthened regional capacity for high-quality research and has developed novel pathways for implementation through health policy and community partnership. 

Dr. Peter Adams and HCC Alcohol Policy Advisor, Dr. Rohan Maharaj will be accepting this award, which honors their dedication to the ECHORN study and to fostering international research collaborations. ECHORN is led by Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Yale University; Cruz Nazario, PhD, University of Puerto Rico; Maxine Nunez, RN, DPH, University of the Virgin Islands; Peter Adams, BSc, MBBS, DM, University of the West Indies, Barbados; and Rohan Maharaj, BSc, MB, BS, MHSc, DM, FCCFP, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago.

World Heart Day 2019 Is Now Officially Live!

World Heart Day 2019 Is Now Officially Live!
World Heart Federation: This year's campaign is all about creating a global community of Heart Heroes … people from all walks of life who are acting now to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives by making a promise:

A promise to our families to cook and eat more healthily
  • A promise to our children to exercise more and help them to be more active, to say no to smoking and help our loved ones to stop
  • A promise as a healthcare professional to help patients give up smoking and lower their cholesterol
  • A promise as a policymaker to support policies that promote healthy hearts
  • A promise as an employee to invest in heart-healthy workplaces
A simple promise … for My Heart, for Your Heart.
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Integrating NCD Care Into Pre-Conception and Maternal Health Services Webinar Recording

Integrating NCD Care Into Pre-Conception and Maternal Health Services Webinar Recording
Community on Women and NCDs, a virtual network hosted by the World Health Organization’s Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs and facilitated by The George Institute for Global Health, recently hosted a second webinar, ‘Integrating NCD care into pre-conception and maternal health services’.  the webinar explored how we can make progress towards the goal of universal health coverage and strengthen NCD healthcare service provision for women in LMICs.
 
The next webinar will be held in September/October. 
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Global Fibroids Campaign 2019

Global Fibroids Campaign 2019
Lake Health and Wellbeing: Organisations from the Caribbean, US and UK, including Lake Health and Wellbeing based in St Kitts, have joined forces to launch a global campaign calling for a greater focus on fibroids.

The campaign highlights the need for a global change where all stakeholders (healthcare professionals, women and their families) are better informed about fibroids so they are empowered to take action to improve the health and wellbeing of the many women affected by this condition.

Specifically, organisers are calling for a greater awareness of:
  • The symptoms of fibroids to facilitate an early and accurate diagnosis;
  • All the treatment/s options available so that women can make an informed decision about the treatment that best suits their situation; and
  • What actions women with fibroids can take to improve both their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing
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Other News From Around the Globe

Smoking Sharply Raises Young Women’s Risk of a Serious Type of Heart Attack
(Image: Emma Darvick)

Smoking Sharply Raises Young Women’s Risk of a Serious Type of Heart Attack

CNN: Smoking is bad for your heart, especially if you are a young woman. Women under 50 who smoke may face the highest risk of a serious type of heart attack compared to men, according to a new study published Monday in the the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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Women Not Aware Enough of Breast Cancer Link to Alcohol
(Photo: Getty Images)

Women Not Aware Enough of Breast Cancer Link to Alcohol

BBC News: Women know too little about alcohol's role in increasing breast cancer risk, a study suggests. Only one in five women attending a breast cancer clinic knew it was a risk factor. Cancer Research UK said cutting down on alcohol was one of the best things women could do to reduce their breast cancer risk. Read more
Child obesity drive 'stalled by Brexit'
(Photo: Getty Images)

Child Obesity Drive ‘Stalled by Brexit’

BBC News: The drive to tackle child obesity has stalled with a raft of measures stuck in Brexit backlog, it is being claimed. A ban on energy drink sales to under-16s, clearer calorie labelling and a crackdown on junk food advertising were all promised by ministers when they launched the revamped obesity strategy.
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Could Coffee Be Key to Fighting Obesity?
(Photo: Pixabay)

Could Coffee Be Key to Fighting Obesity?

TN: Scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate 'brown fat', the body's own fat-fighting defenses, which could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetes. The pioneering study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to be carried out in humans. 
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In this edition:
  • Growing the #NCDVoices movement through training 
  • NCDA advocacy priorities for UN High-Level Meeting on UHC
  • Delivering healthy lives and well-being for women and girls
  • Sun still main cause of skin cancer according to new report
  • One in five people in war zones have mental health conditions
  • Peru: Nutrition warning labels become mandatory
  • Spotlight on sex and gender differences in Nutrition Journal
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Call for Abstracts Caribbean Congress on Adolescent and Youth Health

Call for Abstracts Caribbean Congress on Adolescent and Youth Health
A consortium of Caribbean and regional partners is organising a regional Congress to mobilise greater investment for the promotion and protection of the health and well-being of all adolescents and young people in the Caribbean. This Congress, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, will be a launchpad from which advocates, health and social workers, policy-makers, academia, clinicians and young people themselves can heed the call towards improving their health and well-being for the future development of the region. The overarching theme of the Congress is: "Protecting our Future by Promoting the Health and Well-being of Adolescents and Youth in the Caribbean", you are invited to submit an abstract on the following topics for oral or poster presentation, the deadline for submission is Friday July 12th.
  • Track 1 Mental Health, Substance Use, Violence and Injuries
  • Track 2 Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV and STIs
  • Track 3 Nutrition, Physical Activity, Sport and Youth Development
  • Track 4 Climate Change and the Environment 
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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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