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November 6 - November 12 2013

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World Diabetes Day November 14th 2013

World Diabetes Day November 14th 2013 The World Diabetes Day 2013 campaign marks the fifth and final year of the 2009-2013 campaign on “Diabetes education and prevention.”

Diabetes is one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century. There are currently 371 million people living with diabetes and another 280 million are at high risk of developing the disease. Half a billion people are expected to be living with diabetes by 2030. Diabetes and its complications are largely preventable and there are proven, affordable interventions available. Everyone is concerned and everyone has a role to play in helping to turn the tide of diabetes to protect our future.

The slogan of the campaign is: DIABETES: PROTECT OUR FUTURE

WDD Lets Celebrate The 2013 campaign will look to inspire and engage local communities to promote and disseminate simple education and prevention messages and organise activities to strengthen recognition among the public that diabetes is a global health threat with serious and far-reaching consequences that affect us all. From the local to the global level, the campaign will also reinforce the importance that a multitude of small and simple actions can make to achieving meaningful outcomes for people with diabetes and those at risk.

There are four key messages for the campaign:

  • World's Most Populated Countries: 1. China 2. India 3. DIABETES 4. USA 5. Brazil
  • 1 in 2 People with Diabetes Don't Know They Have It: Are you at risk?
  • Diabetes: Know the Complications
  • Diabetes: Don't Discriminate

Snapshot of Caribbean Diabetes CSOs in Action

Belize Diabetes Association walk

Belize Diabetes Association - "Ride Out Diabetes" - recently highlighted in a summary of forthcoming events on the IDF website - the World Diabetes Day celebrations organised by the Belize Diabetes Association will be "Ride Out Diabetes", a two-day bicycle awareness ride covering 160 miles. The association's activities will culminate on 14 November with a health fair involving schools and the general public. Read more

Diabetes Association of St. Kitts and Nevis - Diabetes Awareness Week 10th-16th November - including Sunday 10th November Worship at Calvary Baptist Church at 10:00a.m., Monday 11th November Media Outreach, Tuesday 12th November AGM & Election of New Officers of the Diabetic Association, East Basseterre Community Centre 5:00p.m., Wednesday 13th November, Media Outreach Read more

Bermuda Diabetes Association - have several events planned for November including - November 14th. Free health screening at Washington Mall in Hamilton, November 17th. World Diabetes Day Church Service at St Marks Church at 10.30 am, November 17th. Moon Walk. 6-9 pm. More information. read more

St. Lucia Diabetes & Hypertension Association - World Diabetes Day Mini Fair, Thursday, November 14, 2013, William Peter Boulevard, Castries, 10:00am to 3:00pm Read more

Barbados Diabetes Foundation Events for Diabetes Month - Take A Step For Diabetes - A free 5K Walk/Run, November 9th, 2013 at 6 a.m.,Starts at the Diabetes Centre, Warrens, St. Michael Read more, it is also holding a panel discussion on World Diabetes Day November 14th at the Grande Salle Central Bank of Barbados 7pm Read more. See the full calendar of events to raise awareness and highlight the growing problem that is Diabetes. here

Visit our World Diabetes Month webpage for updates here

World Diabetes Congress Melbourne

Healthy Caribbean Coalition

News Roundup

CARPHA and COTED Agree to Tackle Obesity in the Caribbean - Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, November 12, 2013: The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) have agreed to work together to reduce environments that promote obesity in individuals, particularly children. Speaking at the recent Ministers’ Meeting of COTED, the Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales, pointed out that obesogenic environments are a major contributor to accelerating rates of chronic health conditions such as obesity in children, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer; while at the same time significantly increasing the associated costs to families, business and government. Given the huge burden and costs related to chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs), Dr. Hospedales proposed that the time is right for trade and health to look at joint measures geared at reducing obesogenic environments and obesity. Read more

Promoting Healthy Living in the Americas: Multisectoral Interventions to reduce health risk factors - Washington DC November 18th 2013 Purpose to bring togetherpolicy makers and leading experts to share country experiences and lessons from recent promising multisectoral interventions to reduce health risk factors and explore the implications from policy making. Read more You can particpate virtually at this event Click here for instructions.

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FDA Targets Trans Fat in Processed Foods - Today, the FDA announced a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in food. A Federal Register Notice will publish tomorrow (November 8) titled “Tentative Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils; Request for Comments and for Scientific Data and Information.”. The prepublication version is available here. The comment period is 60 days. The FDA website has regular updates here

NCD Child Connect NCD Child Connect - WHO Consultation Process - Many exciting discussions are happening at WHO in regards to the NCD architecture stemming from WHA66, including consultations around the Global Action Plan 2013-2020. Discussion Paper - Addressing the Social Determinants of Noncommunicable Disease, UNDP has released a comprehensive paper discussing the social determinants of NCDs. Be an NCDFREE change-maker - NCDFREE is challenging you to get in the garden, swap your car for your legs, break up with cola, make-out with a tomato... your choice. Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer - Workshop Summary. Read more

Your world needs you. Ten things you can do today for NCDs. - Here are ten simple things you can do today to start making a difference for NCDs. 1. Break up with soft-drink, 2. Reconnect with your food, 3. Make change in your own urban neighbourhood, 4. BigFood: Reject the status quo Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert - Update: WHO consultations on NCD framework - Member States are meeting in Geneva this week to discuss and agree core elements of the global NCD framework: the global coordination mechanism (GCM), the terms UN Interagency Task force on NCDs, and action plan indicators to measure progress in implementing the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020. New NCD Alliance and WCRF International policy brief: Food, Nutrition, Diet, and NCDs. Read more

Vitamins don’t prevent heart disease or cancer, experts find Vitamins don’t prevent heart disease or cancer, experts find - There’s not much evidence that vitamins can prevent heart disease or cancer – the two leading killers of Americans, experts said Monday. Even though half the U.S. population pops vitamins in the belief they can help people live longer, healthier lives, a very extensive look at the studies that have been done show it may be a waste of time when it comes to preventing the diseases most likely to kill you. more

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Type 1: What You Should Know - Get the facts about type 1, including what causes it, long-term complications, and treatment methods. Read more
  • 10 Superfoods for Type 2 - Learn the benefits of these diabetes-friendly superfoods. Plus, get 4 helpful recipe ideas. Read more
  • Girl's Guide to Cancer - It's not fun to think about your cancer risk. But there's a lot you can do to prevent, treat, and beat breast cancer. Read more
  • Best and Worst Appetizers - These popular menu items have shocking amounts of calories, fat, and sodium. See for yourself, so you can avoid them. 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

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