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Financing health promotion for behavioural change in Barbados

At a recent town hall meeting in the 'Financing Healthcare' series, I suggested that the Barbados Ministry of Health (MoH) consider proposing the taxation of processed and red meats based on the recent World Health Organization classification of processed meats as cancer-causing and red meats as likely to cause cancer. Strong epidemiological evidence also exists linking these foods to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, some of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases affecting Barbadians. In continue reading [...]
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The multi-dimensional health benefits of Sea Grapes

I love sea grapes and it's always a treat to see ripe sea grapes at the beach. The fruit of these wild bushes demonstrate antioxidant properties but are regrettably underutilized. They are a good source of nutrients which, when added to diets, limit the development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases. One of the sources of these benefits is responsible for the lovely red/purple color of ripe sea grapes. This is a group of antioxidant-like compounds we love called anthocyanins continue reading [...]
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Exercise in the heat

Don't beat the heat, master it! Summer is coming to an end but it just seems to keep getting hotter. Your body recognizes this and triggers you to drink more fluids to keep cool. But is this all you can do to help cope with the weather in these last days of summer? Read on for practical tips to weather the heat and to enter the last quarter of 2015 healthier, looking better and feeling like a million bucks! Tip 2: Exercise in the heat Exercising outdoors may not be so appealing right now but continue reading [...]
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Go Coco!

Don't beat the heat, master it! Summer 2015 is proving to be a sultry one. Your body recognizes this and triggers you to drink more fluids to keep cool. But is this all you can do to help cope with the weather in these last days of summer? Higher temperatures means we're losing more fluids via sweat- which can be a pretty efficient mechanism for ridding your body of waste products and metabolites. Unfortunately we also lose some things that our bodies need so it is important to tweak our regular continue reading [...]
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A little nori goes a long way

Are you a vegetarian or considering becoming one? Here is why you should consume nori regularly. When you first adopt a plant-based diet it can seem like the naysayers spring up out of nowhere to tell you one thing. That your choice is not good for you. "You can't get enough protein eating plants." - Sure you can, there's loads of protein in lentils, beans, seeds, nuts and veggies have protein too. "What about iron?" - Your body is perfectly capable of extracting iron from greens particularly continue reading [...]
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Be active!

Tips for looking and feeling your best throughout the peak of the party season The party season is coming to a head and your summer health and workout routines are changing as you take in more events. Stay tuned to this spot for natural tips to keep you looking, feeling and performing superbly! Whether you have to balance your work and event schedules or your event schedule looks like a week-long marathon these tips will keep you looking and feeling great! Tip 5. Be active! Getting active continue reading [...]
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Rest

Tips for looking and feeling your best throughout the peak of the party season The party season is coming to a head and your summer health and workout routines are changing as you take in more events. Stay tuned to this spot for natural tips to keep you looking, feeling and performing superbly! Whether you have to balance your work and event schedules or your event schedule looks like a week-long marathon these tips will keep you looking and feeling great! Tip 4. Rest Just rest, sleep, get continue reading [...]
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Balance Party Foods With Daily Eating Habits

The party season is coming to a head and your summer health and workout routines are changing as you take in more events. Stay tuned to this spot for natural tips to keep you looking, feeling and performing superbly! Whether you have to balance your work and event schedules or your event schedule looks like a week-long marathon these tips will keep you looking and feeling great! Tip 3. Balance Party Foods With Daily Eating Habits Fete after fete, the music, the drinks, the food, the company, continue reading [...]
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Make Cucumber Your Friend

The party season is coming to a head and your summer health and workout routines are changing as you take in more events. Stay tuned to this spot for natural tips to keep you looking, feeling and performing superbly! Whether you have to balance your work and event schedules or your event schedule looks like a week-long marathon these tips will keep you looking and feeling great! Tip 2. Make Cucumber Your Friend If you are taking in the late night activities on offer this summer chances are continue reading [...]
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It’s all about the juice!

The party season is coming to a head and your summer health and workout routines are changing as you take in more events. Stay tuned to this spot for natural tips to keep you looking, feeling and performing superbly! Whether you have to balance your work and event schedules or your event schedule looks like a week-long marathon these tips will keep you looking and feeling great! Tip 1. It's all about the juice! You may have been using them as part of your summer body prep, now you can use continue reading [...]
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