|Laying the Foundation for Healthy and Productive Living: Prevention of NCDs in Adolescents and Youth|
What: An interactive discussion on Prevention of Non Communicable Diseases in Adolescents and Youth during the 45th Session of the Commission on Population and Development, United Nations Economic and Social Council ( UN ECOSOC).
This side event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of the Member States of the Caribbean Community, the Permanent Mission of Chile and the United States Mission to the United Nations, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
Why: The event aims to draw attention to the importance of the wider health needs of adolescents and youth beyond sexual and reproductive health.
When: Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Where: Turkish Center, 821 First Avenue, NYC, 8th Fl.
Today, non communicable diseases (NCDs), specifically diabetes, heart disease/hypertension, chronic respiratory disease and cancer, are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide and account for 75% of all deaths in the region of the Americas. The risk factors for these NCDs are associated with behaviors that are established during adolescence, including 1) harmful use of alcohol, 2) tobacco use, 3) sedentary lifestyle, and 4) an unhealthy diet. During adolescence and young adulthood, individuals are making choices that will affect their future lifestyle—as well as their future health status, health care costs, and longevity. These choices are profoundly shaped by the social and physical environment, and the way we live, learn, play and work.
For more information, please visit the following website: http://tiny.cc/NCDado