Civil society organizations from most countries of the Americas are united in requesting Heads of State that they attend the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs, scheduled for September 27, 2018 in New York City, and that they assume an urgent commitment to public health by implementing policies to confront NCDs.

In the Americas, NCDs—cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory illnesses—represent approximately 80% of all causes of death and 35% of premature deaths and have been recognized as one of the principal challenges for sustainable development in the 21st century worldwide.

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Why is front of package labeling of commercial foods and beverages important?

180322etiquetadomexicoNutritional front package labeling is a promising system for influencing commercially prepared food options towards healthier alternatives to improve the diet of a population with increasing levels of overweight and obesity. The regulatory system must be supported by scientific evidence and health institutions without conflicts of interest.

130822fruitsandvegetablesFront of package labeling is the only source of information available to the consumer at the point of sale, so it is important that the consumer be able to locate, read, interpret and understand the information presented to them in order to make an informed decisions regarding the food and beverages they consume.  Information such as:



• Determine if a product is high or low in a specific nutrient.
• Compare nutritional information between similar products or with different types of products.
• Determine if consuming a particular product is healthy or not.

Read the report in SPANISH here.

Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and physical education in adolescents from Latin America and the Caribbean: results from 26 countries

PhysicalactivityguateLatin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries, have been historically under-represented due to the lack of surveillance of physical behaviours in young populations. Therefore, the aim of this study was to describe and compare overall physical activity (PA), active transportation to and from school (i.e. walking or cycling), physical education (PE) participation, and sedentary behaviour (SB) in adolescents from 26 countries in LAC.  See full report here.

Foro de Enfermedades no Transmisibles


MONTEVIDEO (Uypress) - El pasado jueves 5 de octubre, tuvo lugar en el Palacio Legislativo el "Foro sobre enfermedades no transmisibles:(ENT) : Políticas de Estado para un grave problema para la salud y el desarrollo social, en el Siglo XXI", convocado por la ALIANZa ENT Uruguay.

El Encuentro fue inaugurado por el Presidente de la Cámara de Diputados Prof. José Carlos Mahia, y contó con la participación de especialistas de diferentes áreas.

El informe sobre la situación de Uruguay y la incidencia de estas enfermedades como causa de muertes prematuras en la población y discapacidades, estuvo a cargo del Dr. Miguel Asqueta, Vice Presidente de CIET ( Centro de Investigación de la Epidemia de Tabaco) y co Coordinador de la Alianza ENT Uruguay. Destacó que estas enfermedades: las cardiovasculares, distintos tipos de cancer, la diabetes y las enfermedades respiratorias -sobre todo el EPOC-, son responsables del mayor porcentaje de muertes prematuras, el 80% ocurren en países de ingresos bajo y medio, y su incidencia es muchísimo mayor que las enfermedades transmisibles.
El reporte completo se encuentra aquí.