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PAHO and WHO urge countries to reduce sugar consumption among adults and children

Reduction of sugar consumption

New guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend that adults and children reduce their daily intake of "free sugars" to less than 10% of total calories. A further reduction to below 5%—or roughly 6 teaspoons per day in a typical 2,000-calorie diet—would provide additional health benefits, the guidelines say.

Congenital anomalies are the second-leading cause of death in children under 5 in the Americas

Congenital anomalies

To raise awareness about the impact of congenital anomalies, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has joined with 11 other leading global health organizations to commemorate the first World Birth Defects Day this 3 March.To raise awareness and spur action, PAHO/WHO and 11 global health organizations are promoting the first World Birth Defects Day on 3 March.

Tobacco: 10 years fighting a top killer in the Americas

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Despite fierce opposition from the tobacco industry, a number of countries in the Americas have made major progress in implementing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This week marks a decade since the agreement took effect as the world's first international health treaty.

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