Accelerating Nutrition Polices in the Caribbean Day 2 Gallery

Accelerating Nutrition Polices in the Caribbean Day 2 Gallery

Accelerating Nutrition Polices in the Caribbean – Creating Supportive Environments for Healthy Children, Meeting Day 2 gallery, September 18, 2019, Bridgetown, Barbados.

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Overview of the meeting

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 hosted a successful meeting entitled: Accelerating Nutrition Polices in the Caribbean – Creating Supportive Environments for Healthy Children on Sep 17-18, 2019 bringing together 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.

The 2-day meeting was kicked off with the HCC ‘Walk the Talk’ Awards. This is a new initiative of the HCC aimed at recognising excellence in NCD prevention and control. This inaugural year focussed on childhood obesity prevention. The two awardees – Bermuda Multisectoral Team and the Team Jamaica – demonstrated tremendous leadership nationally, regionally and globally through the implementation of obesity prevention legislation and the formation of a social movement across the region in support of NCD prevention.

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