WHAT ARE TRANSFATS AND WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

What are trans fats?

Trans fats, or trans-fatty acids, are a form of unsaturated fat. They come in both natural and artificial forms. Natural, or ruminant, trans fats occur in the meat and dairy from ruminant animals, such as cattle, sheep, and goats. They form naturally when bacteria in these animals’ stomachs digest grass. These types typically comprise 2–6% of the fat in dairy products and 3–9% of the fat in cuts of beef and lamb. However, dairy and meat eaters needn’t be concerned. The best-known ruminant trans-fat is conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is found in dairy fat. It is believed to be beneficial and is marketed as a dietary supplement.

However, artificial trans fats — otherwise known as industrial trans fats or partially hydrogenated fats — are hazardous to your health. These fats occur when vegetable oils are chemically altered to stay solid at room temperature, which gives them a much longer shelf life

Trans fats in your food

The manufactured form of trans fat, known as partially hydrogenated oil, can be found in a variety of food products, including:

  • Commercial baked goods, such as cakes, cookies and pies
  • Shortening
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Frozen pizza
  • Refrigerated dough, such as biscuits and rolls
  • Fried foods, including french fries, doughnuts and fried chicken
  • Nondairy coffee creamer
  • Stick margarine

How trans fats harm you

Doctors worry about added trans fats because they increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Trans fats also have an unhealthy effect on cholesterol levels.

There are two main types of cholesterol:

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol can build up in the walls of arteries, making them hard and narrow.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. HDL, or “good,” cholesterol picks up excess cholesterol and takes it back to the liver.

Trans fats increase LDL cholesterol and decrease HDL cholesterol, which can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

What should you eat?

Foods free of trans fats aren’t automatically healthy. Food makers might substitute other unhealthy ingredients for trans fats. Some of these ingredients, such as tropical oils — coconut, palm kernel and palm oils — contain a lot of saturated fat.

  • Saturated fat raises your total cholesterol. In a healthy diet, about 20% to 35% of total daily calories can come from fat. Try to keep saturated fat at less than 10% of total daily calories.
  • Monounsaturated fat — found in olive, peanut and canola oils — is a healthier option than is saturated fat. Nuts, fish and other foods containing unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids are other good choices of foods with healthy fats.

Lets change lives

Let’s save lives

#stowelink

REMEMBER-if you want to support Stowelink Inc and our various projects, if you want collaborations with us or if you want to reach us you can reach us directly through the following contact addresses.

PHONE NUMBER+254714671748

STOWELINK JOINS IILA IN THE FIGHT ON TRANS FATS 5-5-2022

Stowelink joins The International Institute Of Legislative Affairs in the fight to eliminate trans fats and implement the World Health Organization’s REPLACE strategy for trans fats. Stowelink has been actively engaged in a series of advocacy trainings, capacity building and knowledge creation on trans fats all facilitated by IILA. With this in mind, we intend to actively contribute towards the reduction and elimination of trans fats through engaging actively in awareness trainings, research, and policy changes. But why a strong focus on trans fats?

Trans fat is considered the worst type of fat to eat. Unlike other dietary fats, trans fats — also called trans-fatty acids — raise “bad” cholesterol and also lowers “good” cholesterol. A diet laden with trans fats increases the risk of heart disease, the leading killer of adults. The more trans fats eaten, the greater the risk of heart and blood vessel disease. Trans fats are so unhealthy that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has prohibited food manufacturers from adding the major source of artificial trans fats to foods and beverages. Several countries and several cities in the United States have limited or banned the use of trans fats.

On the next article we will look at trans fats in details.

Lets change lives

Let’s save lives

#stowelink

REMEMBER-if you want to support Stowelink Inc and our various projects, if you want collaborations with us or if you want to reach us you can reach us directly through the following contact addresses.

PHONE NUMBER+254714671748

STOWELINK JOINS ITS STRATEGIC PARTNER IILA TO LAUNCH THEIR STRATEGIC PLAN 12-4-2022

On the twelfth of April Stowelink joined its strategic partner The International Institute Of Legislative Affairs as they launched their strategic plan 2021-2025. In this launch the IILA shared their vision for the next 5 years which also heavily aligned with Stowelink’s work on non-communicable diseases and advocacy on issues of trans fatty acids and front of pack labelling amongst others.

The International Institute for Legislative Affairs (IILA) is a not- for- profit organization that works closely with Policy making institutions, Government Departments, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in the legislative process to draft and advocate for pro- people policies and legislation. IILA’s mandate is to engage stakeholders in the policy and legislative process to facilitate the enactment and implementation of policies and legislation that have a positive impact on the lives of people

Read more at https://www.ilaKenya.org/

Lets change lives

Let’s save lives

#stowelink

REMEMBER-if you want to support Stowelink Inc and our various projects, if you want collaborations with us or if you want to reach us you can reach us directly through the following contact addresses.

PHONE NUMBER+254714671748

OUR RESEACH ON OUR WORK ON VIHIGA COUNTY PUBLISHED IN AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL

We wanted to share with you one of our scientific research publications that was just recently published on our work in VIHIGA COUNTY. The research was looking at Assessment of Factors Influencing Non-Communicable Diseases Literacy Levels in Vihiga County–A Qualitative Cross-Sectional Study.

Here is the abstract to the research.

Background: Health outcomes are closely influenced by health literacy levels. In most cases, lower health literacy levels have been found to be related to higher prevalence and incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)–including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic respiratory diseases. Despite this wealth of knowledge on the relationship between literacy levels and NCDs, most previous studies have been on the incidence and the prevalence of NCDs.

Aims: This study therefore sought to assess the factors influencing non-communicable diseases literacy levels, Vihiga County (Kenya).

Methodology: The study used a qualitative cross-sectional study design to collect data through though questionnaires and interview guides administered through focused group discussions and key informant interviews. A sample size of 55 respondents was used in this study–mostly the IPAB project (Improving Priority and Budget Allocation to NCDs in Vihiga County) beneficiaries. The data collected from this study was coded using Microsoft excel version 25 and analyzed using statistical packages for social sciences (SPSS version 25) and inductive data analysis (IDA) for the qualitative data collected was analyzed through traditional significance test.

Results: The study reported that community health programs and initiatives on NCDs, patient support groups, culture and misinformation influence NCD literacy levels. The study findings indicate that culture and misinformation, patient support groups, and community health programmes and initiatives are three key components that need to be considered when improving NCDs literacy levels.

Conclusion: The study also concludes that IPAB project helped boost the resident’s knowledge and understanding of NCDs. The findings of this study offer critical insights to Vihiga County Government to tailor their NCDs advocacy programs to fit local context thereby enhancing the knowledge and understanding on NCDs.

Read the full paper on the link below: https://www.ejeph.com/article/assessment-of-factors-influencing-non-communicable-diseases-literacy-levels-in-vihiga-county-a-12021

Lets change lives

Let’s save lives

#stowelink

REMEMBER-if you want to support Stowelink Inc and our various projects, if you want collaborations with us or if you want to reach us you can reach us directly through the following contact addresses.

PHONE NUMBER+254714671748

APPLY TODAY FOR THE NCD LAB CYCLE 3 LAUNCH – NCDS AND THE NEXT GENERATION

Are you an innovator in the field of noncommunicable disease prevention and control?  Are you leading a novel initiative, developing an ingenious tool, or are you part of a creative team committed to tackling obesity? The third cycle of the WHO NCD Lab would like to hear and learn from you!

Crowdsourcing innovation for an effective NCD-response

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health conditions are the world’s biggest causes of death and disability. Due to persisting inequities in NCD prevention, treatment and care, fewer than one-fifth of countries are on track to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal targets to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by one-third. The causes of NCDs are multifaceted and complex, spanning from social, economic, and cultural factors to behaviour patterns and health literacy. WHO supports countries to reach SDG 3.4 and recognizes that tackling NCDs at a global scale calls for innovative, evidence-informed approaches that combine new technologies with outside-the-box response strategies, multidisciplinary thinking, and cross-sectoral action.

Connecting local initiatives to a global network

Launched by the Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD), the World Health Organization’s (WHO) NCD Lab is an initiative aiming to crowdsource and foster innovation in NCD policies and programmes. In recurring submission cycles, the NCD Lab invites, reviews, and showcases innovative tools and novel approaches to tackle NCDs in countries around the world. Shortlisted and winning submissions are featured on the NCD Lab website and are promoted through the GCM/NCD’s extensive global network of leading NCD actors.  

Tackling the global rise of obesity

For its third cycle, the NCD Lab is inviting submissions of innovative tools and initiatives dedicated to tackling the global rise of obesity. As part of WHO’s Acceleration Plan to tackle and reverse obesity in high burden countries and catalyse global action, this NCD Lab cycle welcomes novel approaches that address the multiple determinants of obesity and have the potential to positively impact people’s decisions around food intake and physical activity. Submissions are required to apply to one of the NCD Lab core thematic areas, focusing on Women and Girls, NCDs and the Next Generation, and Meaningful Involvement of People living with NCDs and Mental Health Conditions.

APPLY TODAY ON THE LINK BELOW https://www.knowledge-action-portal.com/en/ncd_lab

Lets change lives

Let’s save lives

#stowelink

REMEMBER-if you want to support Stowelink Inc and our various projects, if you want collaborations with us or if you want to reach us you can reach us directly through the following contact addresses.

PHONE NUMBER+254714671748

STOWELINK WINS THE HEALTH INNOVATION OF THE YEAR IN THE QHKA AWARDS 2022

After a 2-year lull occasioned by the advent of COVID-19, the Quality Healthcare Kenyan Awards were back with a pomp and glamour. It was again an opportunity for healthcare providers and innovators to “reap what they sowed” and be recognized for the great work they do in improving the quality of healthcare services in Kenya.

The QHKA is the brainchild of Zawadi Brand Solutions (ZBS Ltd) and works with the Ministry of Health and AMREF Health Africa to improve the standards of health services by recognizing outstanding performance and promoting a culture of continuous quality improvement. The award also advocates strong partnerships between health service providers and users, fosters innovation and the use of information technology and share best practices. The QHKA is the brainchild of Ms. Grace Ndegwa.

The third edition of the QHKA took place at Safari Park Hotel in an exclusive black-tie event. Stowelink’s NCDs 365 project, represented by Oduor Kevin was nominated under the Students Innovation Project of the Year Category, Through our NCDs 365 project, we were feted as winner of this category.

NCDs 365 is a project with a single most focus of creating awareness, sensitizing and improving peoples NCDs literacy. The project recognizes the growing body of need to bridge the knowledge of gap by sharing relevant NCDs messages, developing toolkits and new NCDs innovation. The messages, sourced from reputable organizations including the Global NCD Alliance and World Health Organization, are curated and simplified to make them easy to understand. Taking cognizance of the huge social media penetration, the project leverages platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to share the NCDs messages.

NCDs project was conducted in two phases. In 2020, daily messages covering the major NCDs were shared across all the social media platform. Working with the team at Stowelink, we were able to develop 365 messages around the major NCDs. These messages were well researched and thoroughly reviewed by the team. In 2021, which marked the second phase, the project focused on producing animated videos on NCDs which were posted weakly on YouTube throughout the year. The project is ongoing and, in this year, (2022), we have started doing NCDs lived experience stories to give hope to people living with NCDs. Identified persons living with NCDs are interviewed and their journey with NCDs and story of hope shared with NCDs community and the general population.

Lets change lives

Let’s save lives

#stowelink

REMEMBER-if you want to support Stowelink Inc and our various projects, if you want collaborations with us or if you want to reach us you can reach us directly through the following contact addresses.

PHONE NUMBER+254714671748

STOWELINK PRODUCES THE 2ND NCD DIARIST

Our commitment to excellence in the NCDs space comes with our personal experiences as young people who have lived with these diseases and acted as caregivers to those living with NCDs. In the recent turn of events, Stowelink has been able to produce a second NCD diarist, Mr Oduor Kevin our CPO who is also a caregiver to the his brother living with epilepsy. This selection is a testament to continued stellar insight, passion and experience we bring into the space. Our first NCD Diarist was our CEO Ogweno Stephen who lives with multiple NCDs.

The Global NCD Alliance is implementing the NCD Diaries project as part of the Our View, Our Voices Initiative. Recognizing that people living with chronic diseases (Non-Communicable Diseases) are not just recipient of services but also co-creators of solutions, the NCD Alliance is giving them an opportunity to be heard and most importantly, be meaningfully involved in NCDs advocacy.

Oduor Kevin in a recent interview

The NCD Diaries project supports individuals to share their lived experiences of NCDs, drawing on their unique local contexts, challenges faced and their aspirations and recommendations to drive change on NCDs. NCDA supports individuals in contextualizing their lived experiences of NCDs while reflecting on the key pillars of the Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs. Diarists are also be encouraged to crystallize and put forward their calls for action on NCDs through the narrative of their NCD Diaries.

Here is what Oduor had to say following his selection as a diarist.

“I am particularly proud to have been selected to participate in this innovative project that seeks to improve the health outcomes of the PLWNCDs. As a caregiver of my epileptic brother, I am bringing to the project a rich experience on how to support epileptic patients. In my capacity as the Chief Program Officer at Stowelink, I will be able to contribute to conversations around how healthcare providers can support NCD patients in their treatment cascade. As a lived experience advocate, I will have the opportunity to shed light on the foundational relationship between people living with NCDs and their healthcare providers. The relationship between people living with NCDs and their health providers is a key component of NCD care delivery.”

Lets change lives

Let’s save lives

#stowelink

REMEMBER-if you want to support Stowelink Inc and our various projects, if you want collaborations with us or if you want to reach us you can reach us directly through the following contact addresses.

PHONE NUMBER+254714671748

THE STOWELINK 2021 ANNUAL REPORT IS OUT

The Stowelink 2021 annual report is officially out. The report goes into an in-depth analysis of what happened in 2021 documenting all our impact and success. The annual report is also visually compelling telling our stories through the photos and imagery that will ensure that as you read it you are immersed into the experience.

Read it on the link below

Headlines for the first trimester of the year
headlines from the second trimester of the year
Headlines from the third trimester of the year
Headlines from the our health division
Headlines from our advocacy division
Headlines from our research and development division

Lets change lives

Let’s save lives

#stowelink

REMEMBER-if you want to support Stowelink Inc and our various projects, if you want collaborations with us or if you want to reach us you can reach us directly through the following contact addresses.

PHONE NUMBER+254714671748

STOWELINK PRODUCES A SECOND ONE YOUNG WORLD AMBASSADOR THIS YEAR

Stowelink is over the moon with the good news that hit us a few weeks ago. We have managed to produce another One Young World ambassador. This speaks to the caliber of the leaders we have here at Stowelink who are driven, passionate and committed to making transformative difference in the world. Our first ambassador was Ogweno Stephen the CEO of Stowelink and now our second ambassador is Oduor Kevin our CPO.

Ogweno at OYW

One Young World is the global forum for young leaders. A Global Leadership Summit bringing together the brightest talent from every country and sector debate and devise innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues is convened every year. The delegates are counselled by influential business, political, and humanitarian leaders such as Paul Polman, Justin Trudeau, Terry Crews and Professor Muhammad Yunus, amongst many other global luminaries. One Young World offers an unrivalled platform to effect change at a global level, with 13,000+ Ambassadors in the network, driving innovation worldwide. Each year the One Young World community sets the agenda, ensuring that topics are relevant, pressing and engaging. Delegates attend the annual Summit and leave as One Young World Ambassadors. The delegates are selected from partner organizations, attend independently, or are selected through scholarships. Ambassadors return from the Summit with the means and motivation to make a difference in their communities and organizations. Using the inspiration from the Summit, Ambassadors then have access to the power of the 13,000+ global network of young leaders to accelerate existing initiatives or establish new ventures.

Oduor in action

In his own words here is what Oduor Kevin had to say about this news:

“If there is any good thing that has happened to me in the year 2022, then it’s ONE YOUNG WORLD scholarship. Having been an ardent admirer of the program over the years, I must confess that this is a dream come true for me. Honestly, I cannot hide my joy having been selected for this prestigious leadership summit. I first applied for ONE YOUNG WORLD in 2019 and didn’t make it to the interview stage. I did not lose hope. I again applied in 2020, this time selected as finalist. In 2021 September, when OYW opened applications, I again threw myself into the ring. When I received the Congratulation Message, I couldn’t hold my tears of joy. THIS WAS A DREAM COME TRUE! With scholarship confirmed, I can’t wait for September 5-8 to attend the summit in Manchester UK and be immersed in a pool of global though leaders. My fingers are crossed. I am confident everything will go as planned and I will attend this summit. Thank you so much AstraZeneca for the sponsorship. I owe you one!”

Lets change lives

Let’s save lives

#stowelink

REMEMBER-if you want to support Stowelink Inc and our various projects, if you want collaborations with us or if you want to reach us you can reach us directly through the following contact addresses.

PHONE NUMBER+254714671748