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January 28th


Accelerating Nutrition Polices in the Caribbean: Creating Supportive Environments for Healthy Children Meeting Report Published

Accelerating Nutrition Polices in the Caribbean - Creating Supportive Environments for Healthy Children 
The HCC is pleased to publish the report from the Accelerating Nutrition Polices in the Caribbean - Creating Supportive Environments for Healthy Children meeting which took place September 17-18, 2019, in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Building on the November 2017 regional HCC meeting, Beyond the Call to Action Event, which celebrated the success of the Call to Action to prevent childhood obesity and began the process of exploring healthy school policies the HCC assembled over 110 NCD voices from the Caribbean and globally to discuss concrete steps to accelerate nutrition policies for the creation of healthier environments for children.

The meeting was HCC’s most diverse to date, bringing together a wide cross section of stakeholders from across health and non-health government ministries, and actors from within the health CSO community and non-health CSOs, regional partners, and critically, a significant grouping of youth voices including school aged children. Ministers of Health and Wellness, Hon. Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, and Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Barbados and Leader of Government Business, Hon. Santia Bradshaw - provided strong opening remarks further underscoring the political support and commitment to address overweight and obesity in children.
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Webinar: Exploring The Pursuit of Effective Public Health Policies Through A Trade Lens

Webinar: Exploring The Pursuit of Effective Public Health Policies Through A Trade Lens
Date: Thursday, January 30th, 2020
Location: UWI OC Platform Blackboard Collaborate
Speaker: Mrs. Nicole Foster, HCC Policy Advisor, Attorney-At-Law, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies Cave Hill
Time: 10:00 am - 11:15 a.m. E.S.T. (11.00 am - 12.15 pm A.S.T.)

On Thursday, January 30th 2020, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, with the support of the UWI Open Campus and Sagicor, will continue 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 presenter of this webinar will be Mrs. Nicole Foster, HCC Policy Advisor, Attorney-At-Law, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies Cave Hill.

The objective of this webinar is to sensitise public health policy makers to the relevance and implications of international trade rules for formulation and implementation of public health policy at the national level.


Childhood Obesity Prevention Infographics

Childhood Obesity Prevention Infographics
HCC has developed an additional tools for advocates of Childhood Obesity Prevention, another set of infographics, highlighting childhood obesity, the risks and the HCC policy asks.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Infographics
Childhood Obesity Prevention Infographics
Childhood Obesity Prevention Infographics
Childhood Obesity Prevention Infographics
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Antigua Barbuda Moves

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica, HCC and Seventeen Other NGO's Commend The Government of Jamaica in and Open Letter

Open Letter
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Free Fruit to Push Healthy Kids Diet

Free Fruit to Push Healthy Kids Diet
Photo: The Tribune website
The Tribune Bahamas : The Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, announced yesterday the launch of a pilot programme to help encourage healthier eating habits among young people. 

The initiative, 100% SMART Fruits for Kids, will focus its efforts at the Centreville Primary School, where students and faculty members will be provided with fresh, healthy fruits twice a week for six weeks.

“Today is a pivotal day in the lives of our youth who are the driving force of our future,” said Health Minister Dr Duane Sands at yesterday’s launch.

“Numerous studies show that early indicators of chronic disease begin in youth. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with decreased risks of many chronic diseases including heart disease."
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Lessons on Implementing Robust Restrictions of Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Marketing to Children

Lessons on Implementing Robust Restrictions of Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Marketing to Children
Photo: WCRF
World Cancer Research Fund: On January 23, 2020, World Cancer Research Fund’s Policy and Public Affairs team launched its third Building Momentum report, which focuses on marketing restrictions of unhealthy food and beverages to children. It follows the first two reports in the series on the lessons learned on implementing robust sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes, and designing effective front-of-pack nutrition labels (FOPLs). Fiona Sing, one of the authors of the Building Momentum reports, shares her main takeaways on the latest publication.

The third report in this series provides advice to policymakers about designing and implementing restrictions around marketing food and non-alcoholic beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children. This includes how to use a rights-based approach and overcome challenges such as industry interference and policy inertia.

It seeks to equip policymakers with overarching guidance on how to design robust restrictions of marketing HFSS food and non-alcoholic beverages to children and highlights that protecting children from harmful marketing practices is a human rights issue. Case studies are included throughout the report from countries that are in the process of implementing, or have already implemented, policies restricting the marketing of HFSS foods or beverages to children.
Lessons on Implementing
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HCC has created a series of  visuals to advocate for front of package nutrition warning labels and to also to campaign against the marketing of unhealthy foods to children. Find out more information here.
No Marketing to Children
No Targeted Marketing
Front of Package Labelling
No marketing of unhealthy foods to children
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Lifestyle Diseases ‘Take Eight Out of Ten Lives; Many Young’

Lifestyle Diseases ‘Take Eight Out of Ten Lives; Many Young’
Photo: Barbados Today
Barbados Today: The island’s main general hospital is facing an unprecedented dilemma that could result in stroke victims being turned away.

The alarm was raised at the weekend by Associate Consultant in charge of the Resistant Hypertension Clinic at the state-owned Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Dr Kenneth Connell during a policy intervention forum organised by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), at Accra Beach Hotel Resort in Christ Church.
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Education Officers Teach Stephen Dillet Primary Students About Healthy Eating

Education Officers Teach Stephen Dillet Primary Students About Healthy Eating
Photo: The Bahamas Information Service/Llonella Gilbert
Bahamas Information Service: Health Education Officers at the Ministry of Health, spoke to students at the Stephen Dillet Primary School, Friday, January 24, 2020, about eating a proper and balanced diet so that they could avoid the risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s), which are of serious concern in children in The Bahamas due to poor nutrition and physical inactivity.  Addressing these risk factors are important to avoiding the onset of NCD’s and to protect well-being into adulthood.  The event was part of the Ministry of Health’s Let’s Move Campaign: Reducing Childhood Obesity.  After an interactive discussion, the children went to Windsor Park to get some physical activity. 
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Barbados Muslim Association Makes Donation to Ten Schools

Barbados Muslim Association Makes Donation to Ten Schools
Representative of The Christ Church Foundation Joyce Piggott (left) accepting a donation from Dr. Abdul Mohamed
Photo: Barbados Advocate
Barbados Advocate: Ten primary and secondary schools from across the island received a welcomed donation recently after the Barbados Muslim Association (BMA) presented them with water cooler systems.

This donation was part of the Association’s integral support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados’ ‘Drink more Water’ campaign, which seeks to eliminate the scourge of childhood obesity currently gripping the nation.
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Big Tobacco Wants Social Media Influencers to Promote Its Products - Can the Platforms Stop It?

Big Tobacco
Image: TY Lim/Shutterstock
The Conversation: Big Tobacco likes to stay ahead of the curve - it has to in order to survive. Its fundamental problem is that one in two of its long-term users die from tobacco-related diseases. To hook a new generation into addiction, it has to try every advertising and marketing trick in its playbook.

And it has to be innovative. As one ex-marketing consultant remarked: “The problem is how do you sell death?” He said the industry did it with great open spaces, such as mountains and lakes. They did it with healthy young people and iconic images. So the Marlboro Man became a symbol of masculinity and, for women, the industry promoted smoking as a “torch of freedom”.
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Philadelphia Won the Soda Tax Battle. But Across the U.S., Big Soda Is Winning the War

Philadelphia Won the Soda Tax Battle
Image: Matt Slocum / AP File
Philadelphia Inquirer: When Philadelphia became the first big U.S. city to pass a soda tax in 2016, the rest of the country was watching. Mayor Jim Kenney basked in a national spotlight, appearing on CNN as even presidential candidates weighed in on the issue. And public health advocates predicted many others would follow in Philadelphia’s footsteps.

Now, as Kenney starts a second term following a 2019 reelection campaign that saw the beverage industry spend about $1.5 million fighting the tax, it seems likely to survive as his signature achievement. But Kenney is still one of relatively few mayors whose city taxes sweetened beverages.
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Obesity, Second to Smoking As the Most Preventable Cause of US Deaths, Needs New Approaches

Obesity, Second to Smoking
Image: Lightspring/
The Conversation: The opioid crisis and deaths related to e-cigarette use among teenagers have dominated news headlines recently. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 34 people had died as a result of vaping and, in 2017, opioid addiction was responsible for more than 47,000 deaths in the U.S. Opioid addiction has been declared a public health emergency.

Yet these serious public health threats obscure an ever-present and growing calamity of obesity in the United States. Obesity is second only to cigarette smoking as a leading preventable death in the U.S. Nearly one in five deaths of African Americans and Caucasians age 40 to 85 is attributed to obesity, a rate that is increasing across generations.
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HCC Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
We have created social media graphics to campaign for the implementation of our Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies. The graphics can be downloaded here.

HCC Technical Brief and Eight Advocacy Priorities

HCC Technical Brief:
HCC Technical Brief: First United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage: Technical Brief for CARICOM Countries - A Contribution from Civil Society.
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HCC Advocacy Priorities
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
NCD Alliance


In this edition:
  • What cost-effective interventions exist to achieve quick results for cleaner air?
  • A lifetime caring for people living with NCDs in India
  • New report on marketing restrictions to prevent diet-related NCDs
  • Check out the latest Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs
  • WOF provides an image bank to stop obesity stigma in the media
  • 2020 World Cancer Congress call for abstracts now open
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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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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

Key Messages From Our Publications

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean

The consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) is one of the major contributors to the obesity epidemic among adults and children. In the Caribbean on average data shows that 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese. The sugar content of one serving of many popular carbonated beverages and juices far exceeds the entire daily healthy maximum sugar intake for adults and children as recommended by the WHO and the American Heart Association (AHA).
How Much Sugar is in Your Beverage? Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
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Our Publications
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
A set of infographics
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Call to Urgent Action
Call to Urgent Action - Infographics and Social Media Visuals
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