As the effort continues to promote healthy food policies, the region’s lead advocacy body in this area, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) will be recognising print journalists who are covering this area, and doing so well. HCC is partnering with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) for this year’s Caribbean Media Awards competition.
The August 15, 2023 CBU Caribbean Media Awards Gala event, to be transmitted live from Antigua and Barbuda, for the first time will include an award for print journalism under the theme: Healthy Nutrition Food Policy. The prize will include a trophy as well as a USD 500 bursary for the Award winner to produce additional material under the theme.
The eligible entries for the HCC-supported Award will explore healthy food policies including regulating school food environments, particularly through the restriction or ban on the sale and marketing of ultra-processed foods in schools (including sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs))s; fiscal policies to make healthy foods more affordable while deterring consumption of unhealthy ultra-processed foods through taxation such as the introduction of or increase in SSB taxes of at least 20%; and strengthening food labelling through the adoption of a regional front of pack black octagonal High-In labeling standard using the PAHO nutrient profile model.
This category is open to all print media, whether or not they are CBU members, operating from: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands; the Commonwealth of Dominica; Grenada; Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat; St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; and the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Entries must have been published between January 1 and December 31, of 2022 and can be submitted through to April 12, 2023.
In welcoming this new partnership with the CBU, the HCC Executive Director, Ms Maisha Hutton said she, “looks forward to continued collaboration as we increase media engagement, and build regional support for healthy nutrition food policy, while celebrating the best of content created by media across the Caribbean.”