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  • 43% of Brazilians Are Overweight / 43% dos brasileiros estão acima do peso

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    The image of Brazilians many non-Brazilians tend to get from movies, novelas, Brazilian supermodels and tourism ads (mostly for Rio de Janeiro) is that of a trim, tanned, body image-conscious people.  But new research done by Brazil’s Health Ministry (MS) indicates the country actually has a growing weight problem, with all that implies to […]

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    Coke Donates R$20 mil. to Sustainable Amazon Foundation

    Friday, February 6th, 2009

    Coca-Cola Brasil has just donated R$20 million to the Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (Fundação Amazonas Sustentável – FAS) to promote forest conservation in Brazil’s Amazonas state and improve the quality of life for around 2,000 families living in those forests.  The Coke donation matches funds from the state government, Bradesco bank and Banco do Planeta for […]

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    LAC Urban Renewal Projects that Fight Obesity and Chronic Disease

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

    From the World Resources Institute (WRI):
    Latin American Cities Get Physical in Fight Against Obesity and Chronic Disease
    Mexico City, Mexico; Londrina, Brazil; and Tulancingo, Mexico won top awards in a contest here today for urban renewal projects designed to promote physical activity and cut down on local obesity rates and other diseases related to inactive lifestyles.
    “We […]

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    R$6.5 milhões para pesquisa sobre sindrome metabólica em adolescentes brasileiros / R$6.5 Mil. to Research Metabolic Syndrome in Brazilian Teens

    Monday, September 29th, 2008

    The Brazilian Innovation Agency (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos – FINEP) will finance a 3-year national study on metabolic syndrome among Brazilians aged 12-17 in large cities (i.e., over 100,000 inhabitants).
    Metabolic syndrome is a combination of disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) and diabetes.  It generally is associated […]

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    Brazil: Government & Industry Discuss Changes in Processed Foods

    Monday, August 11th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Health Minister, José Gomes Temporão, has launched an open and public dialog with Brazil’s food industry about lowering the salt, sugar and trans-fat levels of the processed foods that they offer to the Brazilian market. Temporão revealed that a Ministry study suggests that up to 260,000 Brazilian deaths every […]

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    Tackling Chronic Diseases in the Caribbean / Atacando enfermedades crónicas en el Caribe

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    Campaign against Chronic Diseases Set for the Caribbean
    A major new campaign to fight chronic disease in the Caribbean is getting underway in an effort to stem "the worst epidemic of chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease in the Americas," with the participation of […]

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    Helping Poor Countries Deal with Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    Last month the World Bank issued an interesting report on chronic non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung or kidney disease, which I am adding to the Temas Recommended Reading List section on health.
    Perhaps by now you’re thinking that I have some sort of obsession about NCDs, since I […]

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    Assessment of Non-communicable Chronic Disease in Uruguay / Diagnóstico de las enfermedades crónicas no transmisibles en Uruguay

    Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

    Recently Uruguay’s Ministry of Public Health (MSP) released the results of its survey into its population’s chief risk factors for non-communicable chronic disease (NCD). The major NCD categories are cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancers (“malignant neoplasms”), chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
    NCDs constitute 70% of deaths in Uruguay (33.8% CVD, 22.6% malignant neoplasms). […]

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