IN an effort to live a healthy life, people of Taveuni yesterday launched the Cakau Green project, a program that requires people in Cakaudrove to be vegetarians once a week every month.
In most occasions held at the chiefly village of Somosomo, only vegetarian dishes are served as a result of the program.
At the launch, Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalalabalavu said the program was only part of an official statement to show that people had been following the diet.
"It depends on the people to observe and take this program to heart because they will benefit from it at the end of the day," said Ratu Naiqama.
"We should all learn to prioritise our lives and be true to ourselves.
"Initiatives such as the Cakau Green project may sound new but they actually strive to rejuvenate within people the right way of doing things and the rules are already laid down in our holy books."
Ratu Naiqama said life was about keeping to the basic things and learning to be temperamental.
"This initiative is nothing new, however, it only reinforces in people the rules that are encoded in all human beings regarding their good health," he said.
"It is upon each individuals to keep true to themselves and ensure that their lifestyles enhances healthy living."
Naqara resident, Maraia Ani, who has been following the program for a few months now, said her visit to the Waiyevo Hospital had now decreased as a result of strictly following her diet and sticking to the program.
"I hardly get ill now and I have witnessed first-hand the effects of the juice and the detox program that is currently being introduced to villages and islands off Taveuni," said Mrs Ani.
The program was endorsed at the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting early this year and is an initiative of the newly-formed Cakaudrove Yaubula Committee.