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September 18 - September 24 2013

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
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The Ground Miles Challenge

The Ground Miles Challenge The World Heart Federation has partnered with leading international healthcare group, Bupa, to mark this year’s World Heart Day with the launch of a global walking campaign entitled the Ground Miles Challenge. This initiative challenges people around the world to walk 5 million miles (8 million kilometres) by the end of 2013.

The challenge aims to get people around the world walking on a regular basis to improve their heart health and mental well-being. Reaching 5 million miles/8 million kilometers will unlock funds from Bupa that will go towards protecting children from heart failure and early death, caused by rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

You can find out more about the Ground Miles Challenge here

There are also the following resources available to download:

  • WHF Ground Miles Kit (PDF) Download Here (PDF)
  • WHF Editable Ground Miles Posters Download here (PowerPoint)
  • WHD Global Press Release Download here (PDF)
  • More information about World Heart Day can be found here
  • 'What are you doing for WHD 2013 Share your stories and photos so the HCC can share across the Caribbean

    HCC Director Deborah Chen receives Tobacco Control Champion Award at international public health conference

    HCC Director receives award Mrs. Deborah Chen, one of the Directors of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Vice President of the World Heart Federation and Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) received the Tobacco Control Champion Award for her advocacy in tobacco control in Jamaica at the recently concluded International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco held in New Delhi India September 10-12.

    Mrs. Chen in accepting her award said that the “tobacco control endeavour in Jamaica and the Caribbean is a team effort Read more

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    HCC reaching out to Bahamas NGOs

    HCC reaching out to Bahamas NGOs The Cancer Society of the Bahamas, led by President, Ms. Lovern Wildgoose, welcomed the HCC to its impressive operation on Friday September 20th during a recent visit to Nassau, Bahamas. Professor Trevor Hassell, HCC President, met with staff and volunteers of the BCS and toured the headquarters. During the visit HCC presented Ms Wildgoose with a Caribbean Cervical Cancer Electronic Petition (CCCEP) radio PSA for release to local radio stations. The CSB was a buzz with activities in preparation for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and presented the HCC with promotional T-shirts for the event.

    Professor Hassell also visited the Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation where he met with Chairman, R.E Barnes and Treasurer, Linda LaFleur. Thelma Johnson, President of the Bahamas Heart Association (sister organisation of the Sassoon Heart Foundation) was also present. During the visit Professor Hassell shared information about the HCC and extended invitations to both organisations to become active and strong supporting membes of the HCC. At the conclusion of the visit Professor Hassell commented that these three organisations were among the oldest NCD related health NGOs in the Caribbean and provided respectively outstanding service to the people of the Bahamas in the prevention and treatment of cancer, in surgical correction of heart problems in children and in the prevention of heart disease.

    For more information on these NGOs please visit their websites: Cancer Society of the Bahamas, Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation, The Bahamas Heart Association.

    Curbing the Non-communicable disease epidemic in the Caribbean - President of the HCC Professor Trevor hassell gave a keynote address at the recent Seventh Annual Research Day of the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research, Bahamas, 19 - 20 September 2013 entiled Curbing the Non-communicable disease epidemic in the Caribbean. The epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean is one in which a group of diseases, namely, cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke), diabetes, cancers and chronic lung disease account for 65% of the burden of disease in the Region. This group of diseases is influenced by lifestyle, medical care delivery, environment and heredity. 'Special thanks to Dr. Robin Roberts, Director & Senior Lecturer UWI School of Clinical Medicine and Research, The Bahamas. Read more

    The Heart Foundation of Jamaica Simply Red Wine and Food Festival today

    The Heart Foundation of Jamaica presents Simply Red

    Read the Heart Foundation of Jamaica report on their World Heart Day activites here

    The Trinidad & Tobago Heart Foundation Red Day Sept 27th 2013

    The Trinidad & Tobago Heart Foundation Support heart health in the fight against cardiovascular disease!, wear red on Friday.

    The Trinidad & Tobago Heart Foundation will be working hard to celebrate World Heart day and beyond. See the schedule here

    Their work primarily is to educate the public of Trinidad and Tobago, including the youth, about all matters pertaining to the prevention of Heart Disease and the avoidance of the risk from stroke. Read more

    NCD Alliance E-Alert -This week at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) - has been a very important week for global health and development, with the UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development on Monday and the UN Special Event on the MDGs today. The NCD Alliance and partners have been active and engaged, following official discussions, participating in events and co-hosting side events in the margins. Read more

    From designing to mobilizing: A New York development week that will matter - Aid and humanitarian workers can be indifferent to the high-level global development conversations in places like New York, Washington, London and Brussels.That position is understandable — Syrian refugee camps and the United Nations headquarters complex have little in common. It’s not always easy to trace the line from strategy talks and check writing to actually saving or improving lives.But I think we will find that this week’s conversations in New York are going to matter. One reason is the progress made toward setting a post-2015 global development agenda. Read more

    The 3rd Annual International Public Health Conference Oct 4-6, 2013 - The School Of Public Health And Health Technology and The Joint Colleges Of Medicine, Oral Health And Veterinary Sciences, Present The 3rd Annual International Public Health Conference, Theme: “Challenges to Public Health in a Global Environment: Time for Action!. Oct 4-6, 2013, The Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston. Download the conference information here, the conference programme here, the conference registration form here

    Stroke Prevention Lifestyle Tips - If you've had a stroke, preventing a second stroke is a top priority. "The risk of a stroke is tenfold higher in someone who has had a stroke in the past," says Larry B. Goldstein, MD, professor of medicine (neurology) and director of the Duke Stroke Center in Durham, N.C.Prevention of a second stroke starts by addressing conditions that caused the first stroke, such as atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm that can cause blood to clot) or narrowing of a carotid artery in the neck. Treatment is also aimed at other factors that put you at risk, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. But it takes more than just your doctor's efforts. You also have an important role to play in preventing stroke. It's up to you to make lifestyle changes that can lower your risk. Read more

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