WHO warns against the dangers of excessive salt consumption

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Environmental health officers in South Tarawa, Kiribati conduct an interview with a food preparer about knowledge, attitude and behavior towards salt reduction.

MANILA, 26 September 2014 – Every day, millions of people across the Western Pacific Region go about their lives unaware of the hidden danger lurking in their food—salt. The overconsumption of salt and sodium is linked to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or stroke. On World Heart Day (29 September), WHO urges everyone to adopt heart-healthy choices by consuming a diet low in salt.

WHO calls for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide

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GENEVA, 4 September 2014 – More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization’s first global report on suicide prevention, published today. Some 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. In the Western Pacific Region, the estimated suicide rate in low- and middle-income countries is lower than the global average of 11.4 deaths per 100 000 people in 2012.

Prevent and control noncommunicable diseases for healthy islands

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Photo shows WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo (second from right) with (from left) UNDP Administrator Mrs Helen Clark, Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Mailelegaoi and Samoa Minister of Health Tuitama Leao Dr Talalelei Tuitama.

APIA, 1 September 2014 - The Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) call on the international community to support SIDS by reducing trade in unhealthy products, encouraging healthy food and drink consumption, and ensuring the noncommunicable disease (NCD) goals and targets are central to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This is “the Apia Challenge” presented as an outcome of NCD Side Event, at The Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States.

Fiji’s schools teach healthy living

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22 August 2014 -- Pupils at Khemendra Primary School in Fiji don’t just learn about healthy food, they help to grow their own. Each class is responsible for cultivating different types of fruit and vegetables in the school garden and greenhouse. Khemendra Primary is one of more than 84 schools participating in a national network, which receives resources from the Fijian Ministry of Health and WHO. Addressing the link between food supply and public health policies will be one of the topics at the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November.

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