Urgent action required to curb chronic NCDs – PM Harris

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 11, 2017 (SKNIS):  Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) continue to take a toll on CARICOM Member States, and urgent action is required to curb the threat of such diseases, said Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, during National Assembly on Tuesday, July 11.

Prime Minister Harris was updating the general public and the listening audience on the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held in Grenada from July 4-6, where he was given the opportunity to present a study on the economic ramifications of NCDs as it relates to Trinidad and Tobago. A similar study was also done in Barbados and Jamaica.

“The study estimated that five per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is being lost by the impact of preventable diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Half of that five per cent is direct medical care cost and the other half is in the loss of productivity,” said Prime Minister Harris, adding that if one was to examine the growth pattern of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean region over the last 10 plus years, they would not find that the country would have grown by five percent.

“Therefore, when in fact five per cent of the economy is being impacted negatively with respect to NCDs, this is a major cause for concern. The costs here are significant and they are as unsustainable for any country. Importantly, these diseases are preventable impediments to growth.”


Eating healthy for the holidays


(Barbados Today) It’s just over a week before Christmas and for those who celebrate the season, it is a time of merrymaking and feasting. It is also a time of increased stress, as individuals attempt to ensure that everything is perfect for the big day – shopping for presents, cleaning, cooking and baking.

On the matter of feasting, the Heart & Stroke Foundation is advising that one of our favourite Christmas treats, black cake, may be doing more harm than we think.

“What makes a black cake dark is how much browning you use, and also how long you soak the fruit in liquor. As such, this type of cake may now have significantly more calories when compared to a similar cake without the liquor.”

The Foundation cautions that consuming too many calories can lead to obesity and a higher risk of developing diabetes.

Read more at: Barbados Today

‘Tis the season for family, friends, fun, food and … fitness

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christmas fare 1‘Tis the season for family, friends, fun and yes, food!

Yet, throughout this period of merrymaking there is need to be conscientious of our health and the activities that can promote or militate against good health. The issue of over-weight/obesity and the attendant ill-effects of this undesirable physical status are still relevant even amid the pomp and pageantry that is inextricably linked to the Season.pepperpot

While the more dedicated fitness buffs will always adhere to established routines and commitment to health promoting practices, the average person will find it a challenge to do likewise in the midst of the other pressing demands typical of the season.