Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Childhood Obesity Prevention (COP) Project – September 2018
Specific Project Outcome: Advocacy for a policy to ban the provision and/or sale of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in and around schools in Barbados.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) COP Project Highlights
Earned and social media was used to advocate for banning SSBs in and around schools
Community outreach interventions were highlighted and undertaken to showcase best practices
- Several schools were identified as model schools including: Reynold Weekes due to its health promoting activities such as the Legacy Health Club and The Ursuline Convent due to its stance to partially ban SSBs within the schools. The Albert Cecil Graham Development Centre also agreed to participate in the campaign.
- Building capacity of HSFB youth advocates Daniel Alleyne and Ashley Lashley:
Establishment of a National CSO Coalition for Childhood Obesity Prevention initiated
- Individual meetings were held with the President of the Diabetes Association of Barbados, the President of the BCNF and the clinical Director of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation.
- On July 20th 2018 the HSFB in collaboration with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and the Breast Feeding and Child Nutrition Foundation hosted a National Civil Society Workshop on Childhood Obesity. The outputs from the workshop included the formation of a National Coalition for Childhood Obesity Prevention.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados hosted a Public Lecture on Tuesday August 14th 2018 with the aim to educate the general public on the incidence of childhood obesity, the factors that can contribute to childhood obesity from birth through to adolescence, the dangers associated with the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and also highlight practical measure that can be implemented to improve the health of our children.Read more
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) and the The Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados (BCNF) partnered with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) on Friday July 20th to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to explore the formation of a national coalition to advocate for policies aimed at reducing childhood overweight and obesity.Read more
The CDB grant funded CSO capacity building workshop for both Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation Barbados (BCNF) and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) participants took place 11-13 December 2017 in Bridgetown, Barbados.Read more