The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

October 16th - October 22nd 2015


Sugar Reduction The evidence for Action

Sugar Reduction The evidence for Action
Children and young people consume 3 times the recommended amount of sugar on average, with adults consuming more than double. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recently recommended that sugar makes up no more than 5% of daily calorie intake: 30g or 7 cubes of sugar per day.

Consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain and related health and dental problems. In England, almost two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese; a tenth of 4 to 5 year olds and almost a fifth of 10 to 11 year olds are obese.
Treating obesity and its consequences alone currently costs the NHS £5.1 billion every year.

If the nation dropped its sugar intake to recommended levels within 10 years, over 4,000 early deaths and over 200,000 cases of tooth decay would be avoided and the burden of diseases associated with obesity such as diabetes would be reduced, saving the NHS around £480 million every year. Read the report

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In This Edition
Health Disparities Conference Stresses
Free Lecture "Stroke Through The Ages"
Obesity Epidemic – We Need Much More Action

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
CARPHA Conference Call for Papers
Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
9th WARFS Global Conference in Antigua
Dominican Republic Hosts Oral Health Summit

WHF Submit Your Abstract NOW!
World Heart Federation News
NCD Alliance e-Alert
From the NCDA Weekly Digest

Health Disparities Conference Stresses Importance of Community-Partnered Research

Dr Kimlin Tam
Dr. Kimlin Tam Ashing delivered the 2015 Donna M. Christensen Lecture at the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center’s eighth annual Health Disparities Institute on Thursday, saying that health inequities in ethnic minority populations is partly linked to poor representation in research and clinical trials. Ashing encouraged members of underserved minority populations to be “first in line” to participate in research studies. Read more

Free Lecture "Stroke Through The Ages"

In celebration of World Stroke Day, The Heart & Stroke Foundation In Association With The Barbados Drug Service Presents a free lecture  "Stroke Through The Ages"  Given by Dr. Andre Dowen - Stroke Neurologist (Canada). Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Tuesday 27th October 6:00pm. Free BMI & Blood Pressure Screening.
World Stroke Day 2015

Obesity Epidemic – We Need Much More Action

Pioneers the Class of 2018 Medical Students
11th October was the very first World Obesity Day. Launched by the World Obesity Federation, its aim is to draw greater attention to the continuing global obesity crisis. In 2011, the UN General Assembly held a special session (a very rare event) on the urgent need to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – and their causes. Following the meeting, governments across the world pledged that by 2025, they would reduce by 25% premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases – and the World Health Organization set a specific target for obesity.

Given that World Cancer Research Fund International’s analysis of global research shows that obesity increases the risk of 10 cancers, as well as heart disease and diabetes, the target for obesity was remarkably modest, ie. that there should be no further increase by 2025. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Conkies Are Coming...
The Heart & Stroke Foundation is throwing the challenge out to anyone who can find a way to make a "healthier" conkie.

Free lecture - "Stroke Through The Ages"

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

CARPHA Health Research Conference Call for Papers

Deadline for Receipt of Papers is December 1st, 2015. The 61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands from June 23rd to June 25th, 2016.

The theme for 2016 is Family Health. For more information contact the conference secretariat at: or click here.
World Health Organisation

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Open for comment: 29 September – 13 November 2015
The Draft Final Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is now open for comment from relevant stakeholders. In addition, the Commission will hold regional consultations and hearings throughout this consultative period. Read more
9th World Alliance for Risk Factor Surveillance Conference 2015
The American University of Antigua will be hosting the 9th WARFS Global Conference in St. John’s, Antigua, November 18th-20th, 2015. This will be the first WARFS conference to be held in the Caribbean region. The WARFS 2015 conference follows a series of very interesting conferences held in countries around the world since 1999.  Read more

Dominican Republic Hosts the Second Caribbean Oral Health Summit

Caribbean Oral Health Initiative
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic—Hosted in the Dominican Republic with the objective of improving oral health across the Caribbean, the second Caribbean Oral Health Initiative Summit was held on October 9th and 10th, 2015 at the Hilton Santo Domingo Hotel under the theme “Moving towards Oral Health equity in the Caribbean: Empowering actions through networking”. Read more
Submit Your Abstract NOW

Submit Your Abstract NOW!

Don’t miss the opportunity to share your research with world leaders and 10’000 other delegates! Abstracts are welcome until 28 October from all fields of heart health, from preventive cardiology, electrophysiology, nursing and surgery to epidemiology and advocacy. Selected abstracts will be published in the journals Global Heart and Archivos. Read more
WHF Members News
  • Tell us about your World Heart Day activities!
  • Visit us at AHA’s Scientific Sessions
  • Global NCD Alliance Forum
  • WHO Strategic Technical Consultation on Management of Cardiovascular Diseases
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • Climate and NCDs: Campaign spotlight on NCDs
  • Mexico: Public health advocates speak out in defense of SSB tax
  • Webinar slides and recording posted online
Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
WHO: Sixty-sixth session of the WHO Regional Committee celebrates progress on ageing and health, NCD prevention and control, and regulatory systems strengthening read more
WHO: Ensure dignity in mental health read more
WHO: Liberia Plans to Strengthen Mental Health read more
Lancet: Cancer incidence in indigenous people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA: a comparative population-based study read more
Lancet: Equitable cancer control: better data needed for indigenous people read more
Lancet: Getting to the heart of the matter in type 2 diabetes read more
Lancet: Reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity: the role of population prevention read more
Lancet: The challenge to nutrition researchers everywhere: identify a set of actions that reduce malnutrition in all its forms read more
CGD: Three Ways to Make Room for Mental Health read more
BMJ: Desmond O’Neill: Welcoming the new ageing in a global context read more
BMJ: Rethinking the appraisal and approval of drugs for type 2 diabetes read more
BioMed Central: The 7 questions we must answer to beat cancer read more
BioMed Central: Climate Change and Health Around the World – interactive map read more
Risk Factor News
Lancet: Addressing climate change by promoting a clean environment in the developing world read more
PLoS: 10 Principles for a Better Food Future – World Food Day read more
WCRF: Improving urban diets in an increasingly urban world read more
WCRF: Obesity epidemic – we need much more action read more
WCRF: Tackling Australia’s big fat problem read more
BMJ: Law makers question science behind US dietary guidelines read more
BMJ: Southeast Asia: new tobacco tax index read more
BMJ: Tobacco Carve-Out in TPP read more
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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