A recent proposal for the introduction of a “fat tax” in Barbados has raised the noise level on the obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCD) debate in Barbados as well as health-related issues on a wider level. This debate has been largely emotional as the loudest voices at times ignored that the proposal was really for a tax on the foods that contribute to unhealthy living … [Read more...] about “Fat Tax” – A Pause for Concern
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HIV Positives in the Caribbean
I sat frozen, shell-shocked at the news she had just given me. She was only in her twenties and had her whole life ahead of her. Her words replayed in my mind like a scratched record. She was HIV positive. Admittedly, I was not sure how to react. My own selfish needs made it difficult to immediately see that she needed my support. My mind raced with so many thoughts! How could … [Read more...] about HIV Positives in the Caribbean
Searching for Gold, Finding…Malaria?
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?
Hey good-lookin’, whatcha got cookin’?
I recently completed the Eight Weeks to Wellness programme here in The Bahamas. This programme is put on by the Better Living Health Center each year in the Bahamas. As one of the coaches, I assisted in the guidance of just under 200 persons to achieve a better and healthier lifestyle. Most of the persons apart of the programme were plagued by Chronic Non-communicable … [Read more...] about Hey good-lookin’, whatcha got cookin’?