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HCC Christmas Roundup 2014

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Medtronic’s Bakken Invitation - Live On Give On

Medtronic’s Bakken Invitation

Krystal Boyea from Barbados Nominated as Honoree

Krystal BoyeaThe honorees for the 2014 Bakken Invitation Award represent what it means to Live On. Give On. These 10 people exemplify making a difference with their "extra life." Each story demonstrates the will of the human spirit to overcome adversity, commit to giving back, and have a positive impact on other people’s lives.

Medtronic’s Bakken Invitation celebrates and connects people, who with the help of medical technology, are contributing in communities all around the world through charitable service and volunteerism.

It embraces the legacy of Medtronic co-founder and humanitarian Earl Bakken. It culminates in the celebration of 10 Bakken Invitation Honorees, who are recognized for outstanding contributions.

Meet all of the 2014 honorees here and Krystal here

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News Roundup

Work Under Way to Create Coalition for Tobacco Control

Barbados will soon be joining Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in establishing its own Coalition for Tobacco Control, aimed at persuading and influencing the public so that social norms will be transformed through advocacy and public change, regarding the use of tobacco. A meeting was convened last week between several private and public sector stakeholder bodies to discuss how such a coalition should be set up in Barbados and to streamline its composition as well as its agenda. Among those making remarks were Gina Pitts, Chief Executive Officer of the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Dr. Tomo Kanda, Advisor on Non-Communicable Diseases within the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) and Barbara McGaw, Project Manager of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica and Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control. Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

  • Post 2015 Negotiations
  • Joint Mission of UNIATF on NCDs to India
  • Webinar slides available for download
  • UHC Day Massive Success

A Gallery from the AC3 Meeting "Advancing Cancer Health Equity in Populations of African Descent" Held in Martinque Earlier in 2014.

A Gallery from the AC3 Meeting

See the gallery here.

Childhood Overweight (Infographic)

NCDFREE London Bootcamp

Eat for goalsThe Eat for Goals! App Has Been Updated - Eat for Goals! is a cookery app which gives young people the opportunity to cook the same heart-healthy recipes as some of the world’s top footballers. It encourages young people to eat healthily and lead an active lifestyle, in order to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. The updated version of the app features three additional renowned players – Fernando Torres, Kelly Smith and Sergio Ramos – and their healthy and easy to do recipes. Read more

Cervical Cancer Action News Brief

Cervical Cancer Action News Brief - December 2014 - CCA webinar on the new World Health Organization "pink book" on cervical cancer prevention and control. Please join us on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 for an animated discussion—"WHO's comprehensive global guidance on cervical cancer control: new evidence, guidance and fundamentals for country-level success". Also Missed the CCA HPV testing webinar? Here's the archived version; Guatemalan Ministry of Health releases national guidelines for screening and treatment of cervical cancer; US FDA approves Gardasil 9; Cervical cancer prevention in Kiribati.
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UK Shift Workers Face Obesity, Diabetes, Mental Health Disorders

Shift workers are facing higher health risks than employees working standard hours, according to the UK's Health Survey data. "Shift workers are exposed to greater health risks compared with those who work standard hours. Particularly those who work at night may be at risk of ill health because shift work can disrupt the circadian rhythms (internal clock) by interfering with the production of melatonin, disturbing sleep and causing fatigue," the report reads. Chronic fatigue, caused by abrupt changes in the sleep/wake cycle and relatively higher workload, usually leads to long-term health problems, the study says.. Read more

Alcohol, Food and the Holidays

Alcohol and the Holidays

It’s the holiday season, and along with that comes parties and lots of drinking. Liquid calories can torpedo an otherwise-perfect diet plan, but Caroline Cederquist, MD, a weight loss specialist, says that doesn’t have to be the case if you make smart decisions. Read more

  • Health Risks of Heavy Drinking Quiz - See what's considered "heavy drinking," and find out about the many health risks associated with drinking. Read more
  • 10 Ways to Control Your Eating - Ready to take charge of your diet? Find out how a few simple tweaks can make healthy eating much easier. Read more
  • Healthy Eating When Dining Out - Learn what ingredients to avoid, how to spot high-sodium foods, and more tips to make sure you stick to your healthy diet. Read more
  • How to Trim Inches From Your Waist - Too much body fat can raise your risk of diabetes. Learn the key to shedding pounds, and why belly fat is worse than other kinds. Read more
  • 12 Powerhouse Veggies - These vegetables are heart-healthy, delicious, and easier to prepare than you might think. Read more
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