New Coalition Chair Eager for the Full Implementation of the School Nutrition Policy
Dr. Kia Lewis, the newly elected Chairperson of the Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (BCOP Coalition), is looking forward to the implementation of the School Nutrition Policy, aimed at creating a healthy school environment for our nation’s children.
Speaking on the heels of being newly elected during the July 5th General Meeting of the Coalition, Dr Lewis also notes that another critical area for the 32 civil society strong Coalition, is Front of Package Octagonal Warning Labels. She says, “the Coalition will continue to advocate for empowerment of our citizens through front of package warning labelling.”
Dr. Lewis who succeeds the first ever and former Coalition Chair, Suleiman Bulbula, is saying, “As a medical practitioner, I am confronted with the reality of the negative impact of childhood obesity and non-communicable diseases, on the lives of affected individuals and families. I am also keenly aware of the massive deleterious effects at the population level, both socially and financially. The statistics are staggering and disheartening with 1 in every 3 children being either overweight or obese and 8 out of 10 deaths occurring as a result of NCDs annually.”
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