NAKOROVATU villagers held a Fruit and Water fun day at Wailevu West Primary School in Savusavu early this month to promote a healthy lifestyle in rural settings.
The event, based on the health campaign Bula 5:30, which encourage healthy eating habits and regular physical activity, attracted more than 100 people.
Nakorovatu medical officer Maybel Fong said the event was successful in informing people about non-communicable diseases.
"It is hoped that this program will serve as an example to other communities," she said.
"We hope to, through a combined effort, decrease non-communicable diseases over the years and make Fiji a healthier place to live."
Peace Corps volunteer Alyssa Wolf said participants were given free vegetable seeds and were encouraged to plant their own gardens.
"People gathered at the fun day, enjoyed a spirited volleyball competition, fun walk to music, healthy refreshments and free water bottles provided by Westpac Bank," Wold said.
Villager Siliva Moimoisiga was happy with the efforts by the health staff and Peace Corps volunteers to raise awareness of lifestyle diseases.
"I think it should happen two times every year because people are able to learn at the same time."