No one enjoys getting sick, especially when you’re far from home. Travel-related illness can turn a vacation or a work trip into a nightmare especially if you are alone. Contagious germs and “travel bugs” are everywhere when you travel and even though we may wipe our airplane tray tables with a disinfecting wipe, sanitize our hands before every meal or stick to well-cooked … [Read more...] about Travel Bugs
By Ian Ho-a-Shu and Natalie Wegener Carmona It’s no secret that being overweight or obese puts people at higher risk for illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension, certain cancers and Type 2 Diabetes. Obesity comes with financial costs at the individual and population levels, but we all know there is no way to put a price on personal good health and wellness. As … [Read more...] about A Big Fat Loss for Trinidad and Tobago
By Ian Ho-A-Shu and Natalie Wegener Carmona While not on a scale to be classified as pandemics, Salmonella and Norovirus outbreaks from 2000 to 2014 across various popular Caribbean tourist destinations have raised alarms in a region which provides 13% of employment to its population through tourism and travel related activities, creating 2.23M jobs and contributing to … [Read more...] about How we Ensure Travelers enjoy a Healthy Visit to the Caribbean
By Maria Fernanda Garcia and Ian Ho-A-Shu The hunt for buried treasure has long and infamously yielded fortune and misfortune in the same fell swoop. From Jason and the Argonauts’ haunting search for the Golden Fleece, to the 49ers’ mad rush to a then far-off and forbidding California, the search for gold continues to prove simultaneously fruitful and hazardous for those … [Read more...] about Searching for Gold, Finding…Malaria?
The data is deadly! Almost too scary to put into words. But it’s time to face the fat ugly truth: Suriname like so many of its Caribbean neighbors has joined the fat parade. According to a local newspaper, 30% of the male population between the ages of 15 and 50 are well on their way to eating themselves to death. A recently published WHO/PAHO survey which looks at the risk … [Read more...] about Eat to Live. Not to Die.