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Healthy Caribbean Coalition

April 14th - April 18th 2019


Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean
Webinar Series

#1 Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative

April 25th, 2019: 10.00 - 11.30am E.S.T
Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative
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Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative
The HCC is pleased to announce the first webinar series in support of the Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean titled “Building Advocacy Capacity for Childhood Obesity Prevention in CARICOM”. This series consists of webinars intended to build the capacity of civil society organisations (CSO’s) and other key stakeholders advocating for and implementing childhood obesity prevention policies in the region.

The series highlights policies that encourage the creation of healthier food environments including healthy school policies, front-of-package warning labels and taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages. The series also aims to build advocacy capacity for the promotion of physical activity among children and adolescents through the creation of active communities and countries. The webinars will showcase the experiences and lessons learned from obesity prevention advocates and highlight good practices in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies aimed at reducing childhood obesity and overweight in the Caribbean.  

Other webinars in this series include:
  • Building Nutritional Literacy: Front-Of-Package Nutrition Labels
  • Healthy School Policies
  • Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxation
  • Physically Active Individuals, Communities and Countries
Individual webinar details will be released as the series progresses.

All webinars are facilitated by UWI Open Campus using Blackboard Collaborate.
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Afro-Trinidadian Males at Higher Risk of Prostate Cancer

Afro-Trinidadian Males at Higher Risk of Prostate Cancer
T&T Minister of Health Terrance Delyalsingh addresses members of the public at the Men's Wellness Initiative Clinic (Photo: TT Newsday)
TT Newsday: Men in TT are at risk of having prostate cancer and lung cancer. The Ministry of Health has taken on the issue of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and yesterday marked a revolution of how TT’s health sector treated with NCDs, especially prostate cancer in men.

"In TT we have an Indo- and Afro-based population. Afro-Trinidadian males are more prone to prostate cancer and we recently had a team from Palm Springs and what we found was that for a small amount of African males there is a particularly aggressive form of prostate cancer," said Deyalsingh as he addressed the media.
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) Childhood Obesity Champions Empowered With Social Media Training

HSFB Childhood Obesity Champions
Some of the HSFB Childhood Obesity Champions from left: Gabby Scott, Dr. Janell Bryan, Krystal Boyea, Carl "Alff" Padmore, Ashley Lashley, Suleiman Bulbulia, Hedda Boyce-Philips and Stedson Wiltshire (Photo: HSFB)
HSFB Childhood Obesity Champions were empowered with social media training this week. The group of powerful influencers were trained in using trending social media tools across platforms such as Facebook Live, IG TV and Stories and the use of hashtags.

This all works toward them becoming even more empowered in their social media presence. They were so engrossed that two of their legendary champions who are entertainers, have thrown out a challenge to see who is fittest. 
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NIA’s Health Promotion Unit Hails 2019 MyHealthyPlate Junior Chef Competition Successful

MyHealthyPlate Junior Chef Competition
Mrs. Shelisa Martin-Clarke Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health presents a trophy to joint 1st place winners in the MyHealthyPlate Junior Chef Competition, to Ms. La-Taivia Powell and Ms. Alicia Wallace of the St. James Primary School, at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre courtyard  (Photo: ZIZ)
St Kitts & Nevis ZIZ News: NIA Charlestown Nevis - A Ministry of Health official says the first MyHealthyPlate Junior Chef Competition was successful and  she is urging the competitors to encourage their classmates to eat healthy moving forward.

Mrs. Nadine Carty-Caines, Programme Coordinator of the Health Promotion Unit (HPU) in the Ministry, told the Department of Information on April 17, 2019 that the event, which was hosted in partnership with the Ministries of Education and Agriculture and the Taiwan ICDF, and keenly contested by nine primary schools on Nevis, had met the unit’s expectations.

“They were a brave bunch who took the challenge of preparing the dishes and their excitement, concentration and intensity expressed their commitment to the task at hand. They were very professional on the day of competition, and I would like to say congratulations to all for participating and to encourage their classmates at their schools to eat healthy".
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Jamaica Health Minister Calls for More Applied Research

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), is greeted by Professor of Computer Information Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Felix Akinladejo, at the inaugural Professorial Lecture on Thursday (April 11), at the University of Technology (UTech), St. Andrew. Professor Akinladejo is also the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Research and Entrepreneurship. (Photo: Adrian Walker)
Jamaica Information Service (JIS): Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says more applied research should be conducted at the national level to find solutions to health problems. He argues that research is important in informing the process of developing solutions to the myriad and complex health conditions affecting the population.

The Minister was speaking at the University of Technology (UTech) inaugural Professorial Lecture by Professor of Computer Information Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Felix Akinladejo, on Thursday (April 11) at the institution’s Papine campus in St. Andrew.
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WHO Releases First Guideline on Digital Health Interventions

WHO Releases First Guideline on Digital Health Interventions
Photo: WHO
WHO: WHO has released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services.

“Harnessing the power of digital technologies is essential for achieving universal health coverage,” says WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Ultimately, digital technologies are not ends in themselves; they are vital tools to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.”

Over the past two years, WHO systematically reviewed evidence on digital technologies and consulted with experts from around the world to produce recommendations on some key ways such tools may be used for maximum impact on health systems and people’s health.
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Achieving Sugar Reduction Targets Could Cut Child Obesity and Healthcare Costs

Achieving Sugar Reduction Targets Could Cut Child Obesity and Healthcare Costs
BMJ Press Release: Reducing the sugar content of certain foods by 2020, in line with UK government policy targets, could cut child obesity and related illness, and save the NHS in England £286 million over 10 years, suggests a study (BMJ 2019;365:l1705) published by The BMJ.

But these benefits could be easily lost if the targets are not fully met, or if the programme leads to unintended changes in consumer or industry behaviour, warn the researchers.

Childhood obesity affects one in 10 children aged 4-5 years and one in 5 children aged 11-12 years, while the proportion of obese adults has risen from 15% in 1993 to 26% in 2016.

In 2016, the UK government set out plans to work with food manufacturers to reduce the sugar content of certain high-sugar products, such as cereals and confectionery, by 20% by 2020.
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BMJ Study: Estimating the potential impact of the UK government’s sugar reduction programme on child and adult health: modelling study. BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 17 April 2019)

Web-Based Consultation on the Draft Global Strategy Towards the Elimination of Cervical Cancer

Web-Based Consultation
Photo: WHO
Elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem is a flagship project of WHO.

In January 2019, at its 144th Session, the Executive Board requested the Director-General to develop, in consultation with Member States and other relevant stakeholders, a draft global strategy to accelerate cervical cancer elimination, with clear targets for the period 2020-2030, for consideration by the Seventy-third World Health Assembly, through the Executive Board at its 146th session.

The WHO Secretariat is holding a web-based consultation on the draft global strategy. The web-based consultation is open to Member States, organizations of the UN System, academics and non-State actors.

Please review the draft global strategy and participate in the online survey.
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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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How to Diagnose Hypertension

How to Diagnose Hypertension
Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

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
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Sodium Adds up
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The NCD Alliance


In this edition:
  • New report calls for excise taxes to prevent NCDs
  • April Webinar - Spotlight on mental health & air pollution
  • Call for case studies: Health workforce for NCDs
  • Add your voice to #UHC4me global video campaign
  • WHO public consultation on elimination of cervical cancer
  • Funding opportunity to tackle childhood obesity
  • UHC2030 Campaign Toolkit now available
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SCI Update
April 2019
  • SCI News and Events
  • Rounds Round-Up
  • Spotlight On...
  • Operations Summary
  • Letter from the Co-Chairs 
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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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