International Youth Day 2020

by HCC

On this International Youth Day, the HCC and PAHO join governments and organisations across the world in celebrating and supporting Youth Engagement for Global Action.  Young people and children have the right to access healthy nutritious foods. Please listen to our future Caribbean leaders calling for the implementation of policies aimed at creating Healthy School Environments.

Conversations with Healthy Caribbean Coalition Youth: International Youth Day

Today, August 12th marks International Youth Day (IYD), commemorating the publishing of the Lisbon Declaration on Youth Policies and Programmes in 1998. The theme for 2020 is “Youth Engagement for Global Action” aiming to celebrate the many ways that young people are engaged in formal institutions at the local, regional and global levels but also to highlight areas for improvement.

The need to engage youth is critical now more than ever, as Caribbean leaders, in collaboration with key stakeholders across diverse sectors, including civil society, map out plans to effectively manage and rebuild from the COVID crisis. These initial conversations and the eventual “build back better” blueprints will determine the legacy that will be left to future generations, and a critical voice – the youth voice – our voice – should not be left out. After all, how can we build a future without the voice of the future?


Need To Engage Youth More Critical Than Ever – HCC Youth Advocates Spread the Word

Need To Engage Youth More Critical Than EverAugust 12 was International Youth Day, which commemorated the publishing of the Lisbon Declaration on Youth Policies and Programmes in 1998. The theme for 2020 was “Youth Engagement for Global Action” and aimed to celebrate the many ways that young people are engaged in formal institutions at the local, regional, and global levels while also highlighting areas for improvement.

The need to engage youth is critical now more than ever as Caribbean leaders, in collaboration with key stakeholders across diverse sectors, including civil society, map out plans to effectively manage and rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis. These initial conversations and the eventual “build back better” blueprints will determine the legacy that will be left to future generations, and a critical voice – the youth voice, our voice – should not be left out. After all, how can we build a future without the voice of the future?

Taken from the Jamaica Gleaner Sunday August 16, 2020 read the full article here.


Opportunities for Youth Engagement

Opportunities for Youth Engagement


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Webinar Recording – The Future Talks: COVID-19 and NCDs in the Caribbean

The Future Talks: COVID-19 and NCDs in the Caribbean highlighted the experiences youth face during COVID, including those living with NCDs. The webinar also served as a platform to amplify the youth’s perspective on the monumental change needed moving forward to protect PLWNCDs and lessen the burden for future generations.

Panellists represented youth who have had to manage the realities of COVID, as students, advocates and PLWNCDs. They have had to adopt, adjust and navigate unique challenges that they unpacked and shared. Read more

Webinar Recording – The Future Talks: COVID-19 and NCDs in the Caribbean – The Legacy

The Future Talks: COVID-19 and NCDs in the Caribbean – The Legacy, took place on Friday July 24th 2020 from 10:00am – 11:30am and featured youth experts who presented their professional and personal perspectives on how the Caribbean region, particularly the health systems, that can “build back better” especially for youth and young PLWNCDs from the COVID experience.

The webinar was a great success with 125 attendees from across the region and beyond. Read more


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Youth and the CSO Action Team

Youth and the CSO Action TeamPierre Cooke Jr, HCC Youth Technical Advisor, speaking at the 3rd Annual Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Youth and the CSO Action TeamYouth volunteers from Lake Health and Wellbeing Saint Kitts and Nevis

Youth and the CSO Action TeamBarbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition Youth Advocates (red T-shirts) playing a game with some students at the World Obesity Day Fair at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Youth and the CSO Action TeamAndicia Tuitt, Assistant PRO of the Antigua and Barbuda Diabetes Association, packing healthy hampers to be donated to vulnerable families and people living with NCDs in Antigua


Youth Leading the Way in NCD Research

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The Promotion and Consumption of Local Foods in SIDS: A Dietary Intervention

This project is being carried out by Ms. Eden Augustus, a national of Trinidad and Tobago. She has obtained associate degrees in both Culinary Arts and Culinary Science, a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, a Master in Business Administration, a Master in Public Health and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health. Read more

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Assessing the Foodscape of Small Island Developing State: The Case of Barbados

This project is being conducted by Ms. Stephanie Whiteman, a national of Trinidad and Tobago. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and Master’s in public health and is currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. Read more

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Walkability and Non-Communicable Diseases in Barbados Research Project

This project is being carried out by Kern Rocke from the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He has a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and a master’s degree in Epidemiology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology. Read more

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Exploring Barriers to Physical Education in Barbados

Alissa Terp joined HCC as a Student Intern for 3 months in 2020, during this time she worked on a project entitled ‘Exploring Barriers to Physical Education in Barbados’. Alissa is studying Global Nutrition and Health at the University College Copenhagen in her home country of Denmark. Read more

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