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Stronger Partnership is required to tackle Growing Threat posed by Unhealthy Eating that leads to Non-communicable Diseases (Source: Ministry of Health Press Release)

Stronger Partnership is required to tackle Growing Threat posed by Unhealthy Eating that leads to Non-communicable Diseases (Source: Ministry of Health Press Release)

 

DSCN1658-newSeventy percent (70%) of deaths in Jamaica in 2010 were due to non-communicable diseases. This was stressed by Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson as he indicated that non-communicable diseases remain very high within the Jamaican population and may be increasing. He says confronting this challenge will require a stronger partnership as unhealthy diets are among the four major behavioural risk factors for non-communicable diseases.

Dr. Ferguson was speaking at the Healthy Eating campaign launch event put on by the University of Technology and held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, on the University campus.

He said, “tackling non-communicable diseases in Jamaica will require a forceful response and the involvement and the full engagement of non-health sectors, industry, civil society, institutions and other partners, to tackle the growing threat posed by unhealthy eating which leads to the development of NCDs”.

Dr. Ferguson explained that most populations consume much higher levels of salt than recommended for disease prevention; high salt consumption is an important determinant of high blood pressure and cardiovascular risk. High consumption of saturated fats and trans-fatty acids is linked to heart disease.

“Our interest in health is for Jamaicans to observe a healthy lifestyle towards achieving the National Development Goal of a healthy and stable population by 2030 and educating our people has become even more critical in order to create that behaviour change for optimal nutritional intake”.

Non-Communicable Diseases are caused mainly by four behavioural risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and the harmful use of alcohol. The University of Technology launched the healthy eating in Jamaica along with the Consumers Affairs Commission and several other partners.

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