October 10, 2023 – A healthier non-communicable disease free region will become more of reality with the full adoption of the Octagonal Warning Labels on food.
This is a system that directly informs consumers about what they are putting into their bodies.
For instance, if something is high in sugar or sodium or fat, or all three, it would be placed on the product within an octagon and can carry a sort of official signing from professional institutions and organizations such as “The Ministry of Health” or the World Health Organisation,” given a hypothetical context.
Doing this will not only keep consumers in the know about their intake, it will emphasize the region’s “collective pursuit to advocate for transparency, accountability and consumer empowerment in the food industry” across integrated nations, as pointed out by Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as he addressed the happenings of Food Labels in CARICOM.
The director general expressed that the use of these kinds of labels is a critical initiative that must be implemented as they are front line tools in combating unhealthy foods.
He continued to highlight the changes octagonal food labeling will facilitate and in so doing, maintained that a unified adaption of the system, will create a platform for harmonization among member countries, simplify trade processes and reduce barriers “by establishing a common language in food health and safety standards.”
He added this will result in the foods that cross our borders complying with a strict and health focused collected standard protecting and promoting the welfare or the region’s population.
This view expressed by the director is set against the backdrop of frequented non communicable disease due to common bad health habits.
In fact, the Caribbean Public Health Agency informed that these diseases are the leading causes of death in the non-Latin Caribbean, sat ding at 76.8 percent in total in 2016; cardiovascular 30.8 percent, cancer, 17.2 percent and diabetes 10.8 percent.
Jamaica hosts 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference
#GlobalTourism#Jamaica, February 19th, 2024 – Strengthening the future of global tourism against growing climate challenges, Jamaica hosted the 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference in Montego Bay from February 17th to the 18th, featuring high level delegates from the around the world, such as the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and spearheaded by its co-founder, Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica. The conference was under the theme “Navigating the Future of Tourism Resilience,” and addressed the swift need for more innovative strategies to combat the growing challenges that threaten Tourism. Sustainable tourism practices, crisis management, digital transformation, and the importance of promoting global partnerships, were among the topics discussed.
Dengue in Peru-Over 12 Thousand Cases
#Dengue#Peru, February 19th, 2024 – Since the start of the year, there have been more than thirteen thousand cases of dengue in Peru, with over three thousand in the fifth week alone, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Health. The northern region reportedly has the highest number of cases. Revealed in a February 16th report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, this represents a 53.4 percent increase in cases compared to 2023. This massive increase is linked to prolonged heat waves caused by the El Nino effect, the ministry reporting over 100 consecutive unusually hot days and more than 200 warm nights. Higher temperatures create favorable conditions for dengue transmission.
The Department of Behavioural Health Services Offers Strategies on Managing Emotional Distress Due to Gun Violence
Exposure to gun violence can have a tremendous impact on a persons’ mental health. Whether you are directly involved in an incident of gun violence, a witness to a shooting, or simply hear about the events on the news, you too can become traumatized or develop symptoms of a mental health disorder.
With horrifying stories of gun violence flooding news headlines around the country, a lot of persons are feeling shocked, fearful, and deeply unsafe. It is therefore important that we keep mental health at the forefront of our conversations about crime due to its impact on our mental wellbeing.
The Department of Behavioral Health Services wishes to advise persons who have been exposed to gun violence to be aware the following symptoms and to reach out for help if you need to:
Following a traumatic event, your body can enter a state of hypervigilance and anxiety, with symptoms such as: chest tightness, dizziness, rapid breathing, cold sweats, trembling, and aches and pains. Other physical symptoms include:
- Unfocused thoughts
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in sleep patterns
Emotional symptoms of trauma can encompass all sorts of feelings, ranging from numbness to despair to fury. You may also feel:
- Persistent fear
Symptoms specifically affecting children
The trauma surrounding shootings can have harmful effects on developing minds. Children do not necessarily have to see the violence with their own eyes. Just hearing about it through the media can shatter a child’s sense of safety and affect their mental health.
There is research evidence to support the claim that exposure to gun violence is associated with:
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal ideation
- Learning difficulties
Although this can all seem overwhelming, you do not have to feel helpless. While reducing gun violence requires a community effort, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect your mental health after traumatic events unfold. You can help yourself, your children and other loved ones cope with the stress and difficult emotions in the aftermath of violence.
Tip #1 Acknowledge difficult feelings
- Be patient with yourself
- Connect with your emotions
- Find healthy ways to express your feelings
Tip #2 Empower yourself
- Learn about the problem
- Find ways to get involved in helping others
Tip #3 Connect with others
- Engage in positive social interactions
- Connect with other survivors
- Enjoy lighthearted outings
Tip # 4 Manage stress
- Explore relaxation techniques
- Reduce exposure to violent media
- Make time for what you enjoy
The Department of Behavioural Health Services is encouraging all persons to take special care of their mental health and to reach out to a mental health professional if your need further assistance.
For more information on gun violence and supporting your mental health, contact the Department of Behavioural Health Services on the following numbers:
– 338-3613 Grand Turk
– 338-3616- Providenciales
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