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June 8th 2019


Antigua Gets Active Moving Towards Active Communities

Antigua Gets Active Moving Towards Active Communities
Some of the stakeholders that attended the CIHR Think Tank Meeting
Two think tank events facilitated by former HCC Intern Project Assistant Danielle Walwyn were held in Antigua on March 1st and April 8th, 2019. Both meetings engaged key stakeholders including teachers, coaches, representatives from social groups, the national Olympic committee, personal trainers, fitness instructors as well as representatives from the Antiguan Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment, Medical Benefits Scheme, nutritionists and academic researchers.

These meetings provided an opportunity for experts in the field to discuss health-related concerns, specifically surrounding physical activity. Extended conversations were had about physical inactivity among youth and how some of these challenges can be overcome or explored further. Insufficient physical activity is a critical modifiable risk factor of NCD prevention and control which continues to be a massive burden in our societies. However, it is often ignored.

Strategies to better integrate physical activity into our lives to create active communities are urgently needed, especially for youth. The recent WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018 - 2030 suggests that intersectoral partnerships are critical to achieving improved health. The collaborative nature of these meetings parallels this recommendation.  
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Second Webinar in the Chilhood Obesity Prevention Series

Date: Friday, June 21st, 2019
Location: UWI Open Campus Blackboard Collaborate
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. E.S.T.

The HCC is pleased to announce the second webinar in its Childhood Obesity Prevention Webinar Series, the objective of this webinar is to build public and policymaker awareness and support for the introduction of mandatory front-of-package nutrition labels in the Caribbean.

The webinar entitled – “Pushing and Pulling: The Caribbean Experience Moving Towards Front-Of-Package Nutrition Labels”, examines 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.
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Think Tank Calls for Sweets, Snacks, Sugary Drinks Plain Packaging

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Packaging News: The IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research) says sweets, crisps and sugary drinks need to be put on a level playing-field with fruit and vegetables if the UK is to win the battle against preventable diseases.

The proposal is among a series of radical measures to combat what the think tank terms the “major risks” of preventable diseases, responsible for over half the disease burden in England and almost one in five deaths. The report also calls an end to day-time TV advertising of confectionery, and for the minimum smoking age to be raised to 21.

The IPPR report, Ending the Blame Game: The case for a new approach to public health and prevention, identifies smoking, obesity and alcohol and substance abuse as three main contributors to preventable disease
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83 Schools Awarded for Implementing Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. The Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), presents grade-four student at Morgan’s Pass Primary in Clarendon, Trevor Simpson (centre), with the platinum award for the institution's full implementation of the five components under the Ministry’s ‘Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Schools’ initiative. Sharing the moment is principal, Hikeba Haase 
(Photo: Adrian Walker)
JIS: Eighty-three schools across the island have been rewarded for their efforts in executing the five components of the Ministry of Health and Wellness ‘Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Schools’ initiative.

The components are the implementation of: sugar-sweetened beverages guidelines, water day, fruit/vegetable day, five-minute breaks and one-hour breaks.

Platinum, gold, silver and bronze awards were presented, respectively, for full implementation of five, four, three and two components of the healthy lifestyle measures. Certificates of commitment were issued for full implementation of one component.
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Switch It Up, Protect Our Children

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Heart Foundation of Jamaica to Keep Pressing for Sugary Drinks Tax

Heart Foundation of Jamaica to Keep Pressing for Sugary Drinks Tax
LtoR: Debbie Chen, executive director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, in discussion with from Julette Parkes-Livermore, president of Lions Club of Kingston, and members Sandrice White and Kay Cooke about the debate on the consumption of sugary drinks and the call for lifestyle changes to reduce obesity (Photo: Rudolph Brown)
Jamaica Gleaner: The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) says that despite opposition, it will not relent in its campaign for the Government to institute a tax on sugary drinks in a bid to encourage healthier manufacturing and consumption habits to reduce the prevalence and impact of non-communicable diseases.

“The call for the tax on sugary drinks initially came from the from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government, CARICOM health ministers, and ministries of health globally. This is not a Debbie Chen-Heart Foundation episode,” HFJ Executive Director Deborah Chen said at a Lions Club of Kingston meeting recently.
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Tobago Men Urged to Check Prostate Health

Secretary for Health Dr Agatha Carrington
Secretary for Health Dr Agatha Carrington (Photo: TT Newsday)
TT Newsday: Tobago men were urged to break the barrier and start the conversations of dealing with prostate cancer, during a seminar titled “Men look after your prostate” at the Scarborough Library recently.

Close to 300 men were present as the statistics involving prostate cancer was read out. This cancer remains a major issue in TT as it is common among African men. The men were startled after they were told death as a result of prostate cancer in the Caribbean was among the highest in the world.
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Jamaica Health and Wellness Ministry to Implement Salt Reduction Programme

Jamaica Health and Wellness Ministry to Implement Salt Reduction Programme
Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), converses with Professor of Public Health at the University of Technology (UTech), Fitzroy Henry and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Bermadette Theodore-Gandhi, at the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) on June 4th, at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew. The meeting was organised by the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) (Photo: Adrian Walker)
JIS: Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says that as part of continuous measures to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the Ministry will be implementing a National Salt Reduction Programme.

Speaking at the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of NCDs’ at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew on June 4th, Dr. Tufton said the programme, which aims to “reduce blood pressure and associated cardiovascular diseases”, carries a $23-million budget. The Minister pointed out that the project will run for 18 months in partnership with the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), which organised the meeting.
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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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Webinar - Reaching Out to Faith Communities

A Conversation About Engaging With Faith Communities in Research Efforts
Webinar - Reaching Out to Faith Communities
Thursday, June 13th, 2:00-3:00pm AST/EST

Join ECHORN/Yale-TCC for a panel discussion! Panelists: Rev. Martel Farley, District Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene in Barbados and Yale-TCC member, Patricia Saul, Rev. Anderson Kellman, and Rev. Dr. Dwight Lashley, with Mr. Al Richmond serving as facilitator.
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Obesity News From Around the Globe

Kids Who Are Bullied for Their Weight End Up Gaining More, Study Says
(Image: Emma Darvick)

Kids Who Are Bullied for Their Weight End Up Gaining More, Study Says

Yahoo News: But new research makes it clear that "weight-based teasing" can affect a child—even years after being teased. The study, published last week in the journal Pediatric Obesity, found kids who are taunted for how much they weigh end up gaining more weight down the road. Read more
Obesity, Altered Fat Levels May Worsen Severity of RRMS, Study Found
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Obesity, Altered Fat Levels May Worsen Severity of RRMS, Study Found

MS News Today: Obesity, altered lipid (fat) levels, and elevated leptin — an hormone produced by fat cells — may contribute to neuroinflammation, and worse disease severity in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), research has found. Read more
Workplaces Should Offer Lunchtime Spinning and Yoga Classes to ‘Tackle Obesity’
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Workplaces Should Offer Lunchtime Spinning and Yoga Classes to ‘Tackle Obesity’

Metro: Employers should introduce lunchtime fitness classes to help deal with the growing obesity crisis – according to new guidance. Health officials have suggested that bosses should offer spinning and yoga in the middle of the working day to help keep their staff healthy. Read more
‘Obesity Is the New Smoking’ Cancers Set to Double in the Next 20 Years
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‘Obesity Is the New Smoking’ Cancers Set to Double in the Next 20 Years

iNews: The head of NHS England has warned that cancers caused by obesity are set to double within in the next two decades. Obesity is now the second biggest cause of cancer after smoking, which NHS England boss Simon Stevens warned could see 360,000 people diagnosed by 2030. Read more
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The NCD Alliance


In this edition:
  • Follow the NCD Alliance at Women Deliver!
  • News on NCDs from the 72nd World Health Assembly
  • REPLAY - NCDA's WHA72 side event on NCDs and UHC
  • Eliminating trans fat: get involved!
  • REPLAY - WHA72 side event on NCDs and air pollution
  • Brazil seeks compensation from tobacco companies
  • ADI wants to hear what you think about dementia
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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

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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Forthcoming Events


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

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Cancer Support Services Annual Conference

Cancer Support Services Annual Conference
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Heart of a Woman Symposium and Trade Show

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