Nominations Open: 2013 Public Health Awards

March 1, 2013

The Department of Health is currently seeking nominations for the Public Health Awards 2013. Public Health Week [April 8-12], which includes World Health Day, provides a unique opportunity to promote actions that can improve our health.

This year’s World Health Day theme is Hypertension with the slogan ‘Do You Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers?’ Hypertension or ‘high blood pressure’, is a public health concern not only in Bermuda but worldwide. Hypertension is a risk factor for non-communicable diseases [NCDs] such as cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease and chronic kidney disease. However, hypertension is both preventable and treatable.

“There are many individuals and organizations in Bermuda that promote the prevention of NCDs,” explained the Department of Health’s Health Promotion Coordinator Virloy Lewin.

“The Department of Health wishes to recognise those that contribute to the prevention of NCDs by reducing risk factors such as overweight/obesity, high blood pressure, raised blood glucose, raised blood cholesterol, tobacco use and physical inactivity.

“Therefore we want to notify the public that if you know an individual or organisation that has contributed significantly to public health by offering Prevention and Wellness programmes or services to prevent NCDs by reducing risk factors, you are invited to nominate them for a Public Health Award.”

The Public Health Awards ceremony is on Wednesday 10th of April and nominations are to be submitted no later than Tuesday 26th March 2013. For more details on who is eligible or to submit a nomination please call Pauleter Stevens on 278-6504 or email healthpromotion@gov.bm.

The nomination form is here [PDF].

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