Empowering Caribbean Youth Voices for Health Advocacy – Igniting Change for Healthy Food Policies
BRIDGETOWN BARBADOS, 5th FEBRUARY, 2024 – The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and Healthy Caribbean Youth (HCY), in partnership with the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN), the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), and UNICEF Jamaica, will host a regional meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Barbados, "Caribbean Youth Voices in Health Advocacy Spaces – Healthy Food Policy Action”, from February 7th to 9th, 2024. Youth and young professionals will travel from across CARICOM member states, including from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago..
The core objectives of the 3-day meeting are to:
? Strengthen the regional coalition of young people calling for healthy food environments, especially in policymaking spaces
? Build awareness among youth advocates of the importance of rights-based advocacy, healthy food policies, conflicts of interest, and industry interference
? Strengthen key skills needed to effectively support youth-driven advocacy
? Develop an action plan that supports youth-driven advocacy in support of the high-in octagonal front of package nutrition warning labelling and banning or restricting the availability and marketing of these unhealthy products in and around school settings
The meeting will bolster the ongoing efforts of the partners to build capacity and momentum to empower the region’s youth and young professionals, to advocate for the implementation of Healthy Food Policies.
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