BEING the number one cause of death, it has been revealed that 82 per cent of deaths are from heart attacks.
Speaking at the Macuata Provincial Council meeting yesterday, divisional medical officer north Doctor Pablo Romakin said the Health Ministry was encouraging healthy living as the way forward towards combating non communicable diseases (NCDs).
Dr Romakin said the ministry was focusing on physical, mental, spiritual, financial and social wellness and that district representatives at the meeting would play a key role in passing the message down to the grassroots.
"Wellness is about people staying well and healthy, keeping themselves fit through regular exercise at least 30 minutes a day," he said.
"Smoking and the consumption of yaqona should be reduced and people should aim to eat more fruits and vegetables every day. Go back to your districts and encourage your people to limit their consumption of yaqona, cigarettes and alcohol."
Dr Romakin said people held the key to "our happy long lives" and the first way to do this was by monitoring "what we put in our mouths".
"Healthy living should begin in our homes fostered by parents among their young ones," Dr Romakin said.
"Then it builds up within our villages, settlements and other institutions within society. The rise of deaths from NCD is serious and we need to work together to combat it."