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Preventing Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries

Non-communicable diseases and injuries are global health problems that need local solutions. New York City… is addressing non-communicable diseases today by focusing on their underlying environmental causes, through actions such as requiring smoke-free workplaces, increasing access to healthy foods, building safer streets and creating infrastructure that supports physical activity. This report describes these successful efforts… [T]hese local efforts may serve as useful models for other cities as they also address these modern health problems.”

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Wellness Week Launched in New York and Celebrated throughout the Americas

16 September 2011 New York, (PAHO/WHO) – An audience of hundreds gathered in Harlem, New York, today to celebrate the launch of Wellness Week, an initiative that aims to raise awareness among government officials, the private sector, civil society organizations, and the general public of the importance of creating healthy environments and adopting public policies that encourage and facilitate healthier lifestyles.

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PAHO/WHO, the UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases and Wellness Week

(01 September 2011) UN NCDs Summit is a crucial turning point in the world’s awareness and commitment to confronting this epidemic and for achieving health for all.

This September, just in two weeks, the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) will first and foremost provide an opportunity for society to gain awareness of the importance of the NCDs and to mobilize and take action to effectively address this important health issue. “The great challenge will be what we do after September”. The need to tackle the problem of chronic non-communicable diseases from a multisectoral rather than simply a health perspective is a key point.

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Honduras Will be Present at the U.N. High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases

26 August 2011 PAHO's Assistant Director, Dr. Socorro Gross paid a courtesy visit to the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, on 17 August. During this meeting, the President confirmed that honduras will participate in the United Nations High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases, to be held in New York on 19-20 September 2011. Dr. Gross went to the meeting with Dr. Arturo Bendaña, Health Secretary of Honduras, and Dr. Gina Watson, PAHO’s Representative in the country.

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Interview with Dr. Jon Andrus, Deputy Director of PAHO

15 August 2011 Exclusive interview with Dr. Jon Andrus, Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization, with regards to the high-level UN-NCD meeting that shall take place this fall in New York City.

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VIDA Project

03 August 2011 In the Americas, obesity and diabetes are affecting the population with increasing frequency. It is estimated that the number of people with diabetes in Latin America and the Caribbean will increase by more than 50% by 2030. Given the upward trend in the number of cases of obesity and diabetes in the Americas, and considering the evidence that interventions are effective and economical to prevent and control these diseases, it is time to prioritize implementation of these measures. The attention that these diseases need has become one of the most important challenges for public health in the Americas.

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Eating more fruits and vegetables would save 1.7 million lives a year

19 July 2011 According to a report by WHO and FAO the intake of 400 grams per day may help prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and some cancers. In September will mark the first time a high-level meeting of the UN to position noncommunicable diseases on the international agenda. (In Spanish)

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- Salt + Life

11 July 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina, (PAHO/WHO) Argentina’s Campaign Salt+ Life has the main objective of reducing the use of salt among the Argentinians by lowering the consumption of salt grams in the production of bread. Advocators hope that with this effort could contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the population.

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WHO Urges More Countries to Require Large, Graphic Health Warnings on Tobacco Packaging

July 07, 2011 | Geneva | Montevideo, Uruguay - More than 1 billion people in 19 countries are now covered by laws requiring large, graphic health warnings on packages of tobacco, nearly double the number of two years ago, when only about 547 million people were covered in 16 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports today in its third periodic report on the global tobacco epidemic.

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Preventing obesity requires interventions throughout the life course and across sectors

Washington, D.C., 15 June 2011 - To be effective, obesity prevention efforts must focus on the entire life course, from the prenatal environment into adulthood, and must involve other sectors besides health, experts said today during the annual meeting of the Global Health.

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Pan American Conference on Obesity in Aruba Commits to Supporting Policies to Address the Problem

The Pan American Conference on Obesity met from 8 to 11 June in Aruba and concluded with a commitment to fight obesity, especially in children, and to support public policies and effective comprehensive strategies at the different levels to address this problem.

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PAHO celebrates first Global Internet Day

More than 400 people participated in discussions on the use of social media to raise awareness about public health issues

Washington , D.C. , 17 May 2011 (PAHO/WHO) - Today, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) held the first Global Internet Day. Some 400 people connected through different Internet platforms discussed the use of social media to promote health in the Americas.

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In Moscow, Health Ministers Pledge Stronger Action on Chronic Diseases

Health ministers meeting at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease Control in Moscow last week called for new measures to intensify the fight against noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

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Latin American civil society declaration on the health emergency due to NCDs Non –communicable diseases increase poverty and inequality

Buenos Aires, 4 March 2011 More than 40 Latin American civil society organizations met in Buenos Aires to launch the Healthy Latin American Coalition (HLAC) and develop a declaration recognizing the grave impact of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in the region, not only as a health emergency but as a deterrent to human development and an obstacle in the fight to prevent poverty. Therefore, the HLAC urges the Heads of State to participate in the high level United Nations meeting on non-communicable chronic diseases with the goal of putting a plan of action for the prevention, control and treatment of these diseases on the international agenda

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