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Daily plan to stay healthy

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, February 21, 2013

IN a bid to reduce non-communicable diseases in their villages, a group of health workers in Macuata will draw up daily exercise activities for women to help keep them healthy.

The plan was unfolded at yesterday's health training held at Nabukadogo Village where more than 50 participants attended.

Health worker Viniana Katonivualiku said women had a trend of walking straight into the kitchen from their bedrooms when they get up in the morning.

"We are mothers as well and every morning, when we get up from our beds, we walk straight into the kitchen to prepare breakfast and school lunches for our children," she said.

"Then after that, we do our house chores, wash clothes and lie to rest after lunch.

"If we think about that, it is quite unhealthy because we do it every day and that needs to be changed if we are to lead our families into a healthy lifestyle," Mrs Katonivualiku said.

The daily activities would include early morning walk that would begin at about 5am.

"So we are talking about 100 women from the three villages of Naduri, Nabukadogo and Namama who will walk the distance of maybe half a kilometre because we need to return home to prepare breakfast," Mrs Katonivualiku said.

Another health worker Mereia Ditagava from Nabukadogo Village said other activities would be drawn up to cater for the daily exercise.

"We will also do gardening and plant more vegetables in our back yard after we finish our house chores.

"These plans will be discussed among women before we introduce it and we are positive our husbands and children will support us," she said.