Developing Food-Based Dietary Guidelines to Promote Healthy Diets and Lifestyles in the Eastern Caribbean

  • Albert J
  • Samuda P
  • Molina V
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Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes are becoming leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the Eastern Caribbean countries of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Dominica. To promote healthful diets and lifestyles and encourage behavioral changes, Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG) were developed for the general population in each of these countries. This paper reports on the comprehensive process of developing the guidelines through consensus building among stakeholders, technical assessments and priority setting, and use of qualitative methods to field test messages to ensure public understanding and motivation. Nutritionists in each country received training and support from the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Pan American Health Organization's nutritionists. © 2007 FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

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  • Caribbean
  • Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute
  • Dominica
  • Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Food-Based Dietary Guidelines
  • Grenada
  • Institute on Nutrition of Central America and Panama
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • Saint Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • United Nations
  • diet-related chronic diseases
  • dietary change
  • nutrition education
  • nutrition transition

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  • Janice L. Albert

  • Pauline M. Samuda

  • Verónika Molina

  • Theresa Marietta Regis

  • Merlyn Severin

  • Betty Finlay

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