HealthLifestyle PAHO urges renewed efforts to promote breastfeeding by: – August 6, 2014 Share Share 46 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Photo credit: sites.hampshire.eduWashington, D.C., (PAHO/WHO) — In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 1–7 August 2014, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging increased support for breastfeeding so that children are given the best start in life. Breastfeeding is one of the most cost-effective ways to support healthier and smarter children and healthier mothers. “Breastfeeding: Scoring the Winning Goal for Life!” is the theme chosen this year by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) to highlight the importance of ensuring that mothers and children are able to benefit from the many advantages of breastfeeding.Among other things, exclusive and continued breastfeeding helps to:· Improve maternal health, since breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes.· Reduce the risk of a child becoming ill or dying, particularly in the first month and year of life. A child’s risk of becoming overweight is also reduced.· Boost a child’s brain development since breastfeeding is associated with an increase in 2 to 5 points in scores that measure cognitive development.· Reduce costs. In the United States alone, if 90% of mothers exclusively breastfed for 6 months, US$ 13 billion a year would be saved through prevention of respiratory, ear and skin infections, and diarrhea as well as more than 900 deaths. Among mothers, another US$ 17.4 billion a year would be saved through prevention of premature death and increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers among other illness.“Breastfeeding protects babies from illness and death, regardless of whether they are born in a developed or impoverished country, in a rich family or a poor one,” according to PAHO/WHO Director Carissa F. Etienne. In addition, she notes that “it has long-term benefits for both mothers and children.”PAHO/WHO recommends that babies receive breast-milk only for the first 6 months of life, and then continue to be breastfed along with complementary foods for 2 years or more. However, in the Americas, this goal is rarely met. Although the majority of newborns begin breastfeeding at birth, the number that is breastfed as recommended is highly variable within and among countries. For example, in one country only 8% of babies under 6 months are exclusively breastfed while in another country 60% are breastfed in this way. The average length of time a child is breastfeed is equally variable, from a low of 6 months on one country to a high of 22 months in another. These disparities reflect large differences in national legislation policies and programs to promote breastfeeding that have been implemented over the past 25 years and that are associated with large increases in breastfeeding practices. Breastfeeding in the 21st Century: Anytime, AnyplaceOne of the factors that hinders women from breastfeeding for 2 years or more is the influence of social behaviors that discourage breastfeeding in public.“Many women feel embarrassed to breastfeed in public,” says PAHO/WHO senior advisor in nutrition, Chessa Lutter, who adds that “we must support mothers so that they feel comfortable breastfeeding their baby and doing so anytime, anyplace.”“Breastfeeding in the 21st Century: Anytime, Anyplace” is the message PAHO/WHO is spreading during World Breastfeeding Week in order to generate awareness of the importance for a woman to be able to breastfeed whenever the child is hungry or needs comfort, regardless of the time and place.As noted by the Director of PAHO/WHO, “we must redouble efforts to ensure that breastfeeding is once again recognized and valued as the ideal, healthy, natural, and nutritious way to feed a young child.”PAHO works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of the people in the Region. It was founded in 1902 and is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It acts as the WHO Regional Office for the Americas and is also the specialized health agency of the inter-American system.
The Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis Team competed in the EIAC Individual Tournament on Saturday.Batesville had all 5 varsity positions in the semi-finals, four in the finals, and three spots were conference champions. Out of the eight all conference tennis players, six were from Batesville.EIAC Finals Scores-#1 Singles- Beau Brown was defeated by Jason Boose (East Central)- 5-7, 3-6#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated David Lawrence (Greensburg) 6-3, 6-1#1 Doubles- Matt Taylor and Spencer Rose defeated Keegan McCollough and Kevin Beaver 2-6, 6-4, 6-1#2 Doubles- Paul Ritter and Harsh Patel defeated Dylan Little and Braden Ertel- 6-2, 6-1.EIAC All-ConferenceJason Bosse (EC) Conference MVPBeau Brown (Batesville)Blake Walsman (Batesville)James Brand (EC)Matt Taylor (Batesville)Spencer Rose (Batesville)Harsh Patel (Batesville)Paul Ritter (Batesville)Batesville will play their last regular season match on Monday at 7:00 PM at Shelbyville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.
THREE-times Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day champions, Guyana Jaguars will commence their title defence today when they square off against the Jamaica Scorpions in round one of the region’s leading first-class tournament at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Akshaya Persaud, who is the lone new face in the Jaguars 13-man squad, during the training session. (Samuel Maughn photo)While the Guyanese will be aiming for a fourth straight title, Manager/Assistant Coach of the Jaguars unit, Rayon Griffith, believes the side is much better equipped, and is confident of a successful title defence of the six-team tournament.Speaking to Chronicle Sport yesterday prior to the squad’s training session, Griffith, the former Guyana fast bowler, is optimistic that the team can bank on its preparation to kick start their campaign on a winning note.“We are prepared and ready,” the 38-year-old said.He added “The just concluded Franchise League definitely gave us some excellent preparation. I think the guys need to play some cricket, and as long you played the game you can only learn, so I am confident of a successful title defence”.The squad is somewhat inexperienced, taking into consideration the unavailability of a number of key players. However, Griffith, who represented the country in 22 first-classl matches, is of the opinion that the composition of the squad is a good one.“The squad is dominated more by the younger players, and I believed they will do well in this tournament,” Griffith pointed out.Left-hander Akshaya Persaud is the lone new face in an otherwise predictable squad. However, Griffith is of the view that Persaud’s recent form justified his selection.Jamaica Scorpions Head Coach, Robert Samuels“He (Persaud) has been excellent, and as a selector these are things we are looking at. I think if you can be consistent…that is what we want. I think it’s a good chance for him, so let’s see how he handles himself as the tournament goes along,” Griffith expressed.Persaud had a prolific run in the just-concluded Guyana Cricket Board three-day Franchise league where he emerged as the leading run scorer with 523 runs and two centuries with a highest score of 151.On the other hand, the Scorpions Head Coach, Robert Samuels in an invited comment yesterday, pointed out that while his unit is a relatively young one, he is confident of a competitive game.“Playing Guyana is usually a big challenge, they are a good unit…they are the defending champions, but I am confident of a competitive game. My team is fairly young, a young unit, and as such I can’t tell you where our strength lies, but we are prepared,” Samuels said.The former Jamaica and West Indies opening batsman indicated that while Guyana has the home advantage, he expects a high-quality and high-class game from both teams.Romario Shepherd (in front) is expected to lead the Jaguars fast bowling unit. (Samuel Maughn photo)He added, “The pressure is on Guyana (Jaguars) to perform since they are the defending champions and the pressure is on us to go out and put on a good show”.The game starts at 09:30hrs, and admission into the venue is free.Other first round matches will see Barbados Pride hosting Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval, while Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes clash at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada.The tournament will again be contested under a round-robin format, featuring 10 rounds of matches, comprising five home and five away fixtures apiece, for each of the six franchises. The team to accumulate the most points will be declared the Champions.Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (Captain), Veerasammy Permaul (Vice-captain), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Bashkar Yadram, Keemo Paul, Anthony Bramble, Sherfane Rutherford, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Akshaya Persaud and Anthony Adams.Rayon GriffithJamaica Scorpions squad reads: Paul Palmer (Captain), Trevon Griffith, Assad Fudadin, Brandon King, Garth Garvey, Fabian Allen, Romaine Morris (wicketkeeper), Derval Green, Damani Sewell, Dennis Bulli, Paul Harrison, Keno Wallace and Jason Dawes. – Face Jamaica Scorpions from today at Providence Stadium