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World Salt Awareness Week: “Read the label, choose less salt”

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling on consumers to “Stop, look, choose…the lower salt option” during this year’s World Salt Awareness Week, March 10–16. This year’s campaign highlights the importance of nutrition labelling to inform consumers about the salt content in processed foods, a growing source of dietary salt in developing countries and the main source in developed ones.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:53

WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars guideline

WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay).  Comments on the draft guideline will be accepted via the WHO web site from 5 through 31 March 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:20

Recess programs can boost activity levels in school-age children

A new study in the Pan American Journal of Public Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), finds that efforts to increase activity levels in children during school recess can be effective overall but are least effective in increasing activity among sedentary children.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 21:14

Countries should speed adoption of laws to control tobacco epidemic and prevent 1 million deaths per year

Despite progress in the countries of the Americas, the tobacco epidemic will continue to grow unless the implementation of national tobacco control laws is accelerated, warns a new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). Applying at least six measures could help prevent 1 million deaths annually.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:49

PAHO/WHO's US–Mexico Border Field Office to conclude mission after seven decades of service

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has informed the governments of Mexico and the United States that its 72-year-old field office on the United States–Mexico border, in El Paso, Texas, will close, based on a mutual agreement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:26
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