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Baptist Health International Center of Miami and South Miami Hospital, both divisions of Baptist Health South Florida, continued their efforts to support communities throughout Jamaica last week by presenting major donations in Montego Bay and Kingston.

A team of Baptist Health representatives was on hand at SOS Children's Village near Montego Bay July 20 to host the hospital's annual Jamaica Children's Fun Day Picnic and present children living at the home with much-needed personal supplies. Through South Miami Hospital's Caribbean Charity for Children program, each of the 110 children at the home received a customized care package containing essential personal hygiene products, school supplies, shoes and clothing.

Baptist Health International Center of Miami, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, hosted the Second Annual Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute International Symposium July 16 and 17. More than 50 physicians in the fields of internal medicine, cardiology, interventional radiology and vascular surgery from Latin America and the Caribbean attended the two-day conference held at Baptist Hospital's Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami.

Symposium directors Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, and Niberto Moreno, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Baptist Health South Florida, together with co-director Antonio Brice, M.D., presented the latest advancements in the field.

Miami-Dade County officials are urging residents to get up and go. Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle sponsored a resolution supporting First Lady Michelle Obama's, Let's Move campaign, aimed at reducing childhood obesity in the United States. The Miami-Dade County Commission passed the legislation on Tuesday, July 20, expanding the program to target both adults and children in Miami with a public awareness campaign. Also a strong supporter of the campaign is Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, who co-sponsored the legislation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida has one of the highest obesity rates in the country with 24.4 percent of the population classified with a Body Mass Index* (BMI) of 30 or more. People who are overweight or obese have been shown to have a greater risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancers, stroke, hypertension, and other health problems.

Baptist Health International Center of Miami, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, with Carol Biggs, R.N., MBA-HA, DHSc, vice president of South Miami Heart Center and a Jamaica native, today presented five automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Medical Association of Jamaica at a press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in New Kingston.

Baptist Health International is committed to aiding its Caribbean neighbors by providing the islands with vital healthcare resources and access to the latest medical technology. Baptist Health's ongoing responsibility to Jamaica is unwavering, and the donation of the AEDs is a testament to the organization's support for the local medical community, said Dr. Biggs. As a Jamaican who cares about the country and our people, and a healthcare professional who is critically aware of the importance of immediate response when dealing with a heart-related emergency, I am extremely gratified by this event because this equipment will help save the lives of fellow countrymen.