Beyond the Call to Action Event: Towards School Policies in Support of Childhood Obesity Prevention, took place on Tuesday November 20th, 2018, United Nations Universal Children’s Day, at the Hilton Hotel, Barbados.
On United Nations Universal Children’s Day, Tuesday November 20th, as the world focussed on the welfare of its children, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados brought together a wide cross section of national and regional stakeholders to celebrate the achievements of the Call to Action (CTA) and to chart the way forward.
The one-day forum also served to leverage the energy and momentum of the past seven months and redirect it towards focussed evidence-based advocacy in support of creating healthy school environments in Barbados and across the region.
In a parallel youth empowerment session, moderated by Krystal Boyea, HCC Youth Advocate, young people were purposefully engaged to ensure their voices were heard and integrated into all aspects of the planning, implementation, dialogue, outcomes and next steps.
One of the results of the GHAI grant to the HSFB is the Foundation’s ongoing advocacy campaign centred on creating a healthier school environment for children. In line with the CTA, the HSFB tailored its campaign to advocate for banning the sale and promotion of unhealthy beverages and foods in schools in Barbados. Aiming to advance the development and implementation of relevant school-based policies, the HSFB engaged the Ministries of Health and Wellness, and Education, Technological and Vocational Training in the project, and conducted stakeholder meetings though a campaign launch and a one-day conference on this policy area.
Policy “Champions” were nurtured to assist in project messaging, and public awareness and sensitisation were addressed through a strategic communications plan. The HSFB also collaborated with HCC to form a national COP coalition, which will further drive efforts to change the obesogenic school environment to which Barbadian children are currently exposed.
The Event was held in collaboration with various partners and in support of major regional and national developments, including “Caribbean Moves”, “Jamaica Moves”,35 and “Barbados Moves”. View/download
- Advocacy for Healthy School Environments: Insights from Jamaica – Barbara McGaw, Project Manager – Global Health Advocacy Project, Heart Foundation of Jamaica
- Bahamas School Guidelines – Mrs. Camelta Barnes, Ministry of Health, The Bahamas
- Barbados Nutritional Guidelines – Dr. Natasha Sobers, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre
- Childhood Obesity Prevention: The Policy vs Legislation Conundrum – Nicole D. Foster, Attorney-at-Law, Law Lecturer, UWI Cave Hill & HCC Policy Advisor
- Bermuda Healthy Schools Policies – Ms. Marie Beach, Healthy Schools Coordinator, Department of Health, Bermuda
- School-Based Policies to Counter obesity and overweight – Regional and Global examples – Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
- Advocacy for Banning SSBs in Barbadian Schools: Presentation of HSFB’s CHOP Campaign – Fiona Anthony, CEO, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Photos by Studio Studio, Carl Blenman.