May 27th, 2021
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/15/2021
BARP: “It’s time to protect the rights and health of consumers”
The Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) is calling for Barbados and the Caribbean to implement the Octagonal Front of Package Warning label, which PAHO’s research shows is the easiest label to read and understand following a recent study which included over 1200 supermarket shoppers.
As each CARICOM Member State prepares to vote on May 31st for whether they want the Octagonal Warning Labels on the front of food packages either coming into their territories or being manufactured locally, BARP is encouraging all stakeholders, including the Barbados Government, to choose what is best for the overall health of its citizens.
According to BARP’s President, Ms. Marilyn Rice-Bowen, “ COVID 19 has further highlighted our vulnerability as it relates to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and it’s time to take some bold steps to truly confront this challenge. These last two years have been particularly tough and somewhat frightening for the elderly, especially those with NCDs. We need to make some changes and it starts by knowing what’s in our food, so we can make healthier choices”. In Barbados, seniors with non-communicable diseases, were among those who succumbed to COVID-19, more than any other demographic.
BARP, a member of the Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, says the octagonal warning labels are very visible and easy to read on the front of packaged products and would definitely be effective in helping consumers of all ages to identify foods that are high in fats, salt and sugar.
In fact, a recent study in Jamaica, designed and conducted by that country’s Ministry of Health and Wellness, PAHO and the University of Technology (UTECH), compared four types of Front of Package Warning Labels among 1,206 adult Jamaicans. According to PAHO, “the study showed clearly that the octagonal labels work best at helping people identify and choose healthier foods.”
“With 1 in 5 adults in Barbados presenting with Type 2 Diabetes and eight out of every ten deaths due to NCDs, we have to find a way to build a strong economy without compromising people’s health and putting lives at risk,” says …Ms. Rice-Bowen, “We at BARP have read the research and have listened to the various arguments for and against the Octagonal Warning Labels and we believe now is the time to implement stronger measures to fight and reduce NCDs. It’s time to protect the rights and health of consumers”.
Under the United Nations Guidelines, one of the eight main consumer rights is the right to be informed and protected against misleading advertising and labelling. Another right is to be heard and have adequate representation in the making and execution of government policy.
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Today the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) salutes nurses Worldwide on this International Nurses Day. We extend a special greeting to the members of the Barbados Nurses Association.
Nurses in today's health environment, have witnessed a rapid transformation of Health Care in a very short period -yet they have delivered the same high level of care and compassion as the founding nurses have done and that only persons who have committed themselves to a life of serving mankind, can deliver.
Our nurses already stretched mentally and physically by NCDs have had to dig deeper to deal with the global pandemic of COVID-19, something that not even the founder of Nursing, Florence Nightingale who died prior to the Spanish Flu, could have conceptualised.
We celebrate you on your special day and recognise in the words of your theme .. that nurses are indeed "A voice to lead a Vision for Future Health Care”.
As you recommit yourselves to this field of service, we thank you for responding to the call and for the commitment to serve wherever the road of Health Care leads. We treasure you and your sterling service to us here in Barbados and internationally.
Happy International Nurses Day. Yours sincerely.
BARBADOS ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS
May 3rd, 2021
Health and Wellness Minister, Lt. Col. the Honourable Jeffrey Bostic will hosted a COVID-19 Update and Press Conference Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. AST. Minister Bostic was joined by David Leacock, Director of the Psychiatric Hospital; Dr. Brian Maclachlan, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the Psychiatric Hospital and; Dr. Kimberley Phillips, Medical Officer of Health at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic.
BARP President Marilyn Rice-Bowen recently got her 2nd Covid vaccine dose. She encourages BARP members to be vaccinated as soon as possible, and to seek medical advice from their doctors first.
Participants aged 65 or older with a medical diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes are needed for a University of West Indies (Cave Hill) study conducted by Student Researcher Jamie Hinds. The study will look at the perceived role of social support in self-management of Type 2 diabetes among Barbadians 65 yrs and older before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Barbados Association of Retired Persons Inc (BARP) today announced the appointment of Kim Tudor as its Executive Manager.
Miss Tudor with more than two decades of extensive leadership, management and business experience is well known in both the public and private sectors, given her previous roles that focused on the promotion of service excellence.
This is one of the areas she will accentuate at BARP as the organization focuses on enhancing the quality of services it offers to the thousands of Barbadians among its membership and the goal to embrace other seniors into its fold.
President of BARP, Marilyn Rice-Bowen said of Miss Tudor’s appointment, “ I have every confidence in Kim's ability and commitment to the organization and her desire to work with the Board to help it effectively carry out its mission.
“Her years in leadership positions, whether with the National Initiative for Service Excellence or at the Cave Hill School of Business makes her the ideal person with the right expertise to help BARP serve its members and champion the causes of seniors in Barbados.”
Miss Tudor is no stranger to working with community organisations having served with both the Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club Central which have given her some perspective of the importance of touching lives. In her new role at BARP she will work with the Board of Directors to provide direction and coordination of BARP’s strategy.
She was chosen after a thorough executive search, lead by a Selection Committee of BARP’s Board, with the help of a leading human resource specialist. Ms Rice-Bowen noted: “: In an outstanding field of candidates, Kim stood out as exemplifying BARP’s vision, values and ambitions. Her leadership experience based on her desire to get things done and to inspire staff and members is a perfect fit for the organization.”
Ms. Tudor said she welcomes the opportunity to work with one of the largest membership organizations making a difference in Barbados and deems it an is an honour to work for and advocate on the behalf of seniors. She indicated that she will seek to ensure that BARP continues to be a leader in social change and is a centre of excellence, providing a range of innovative solutions and services.