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Attitude change vital for better health

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PEOPLE need to make an attitude change if they wish to better their wellness and health.

These were the sentiments of Ministry of Health representative Ravinesh Chetty at the Fiji Wellness Summit 2013 at the Fiji National University's (FNU) College of Medicine in Suva.

Mr Chetty, who is part of the Ministry's National Centre for Wellness, said that as well as a change in diet and focus, the hardest part of the wellness process was actually a change in behaviour.

"With this summit, it brings together different organisations that help in terms of wellness. What this needs is a certain behaviour change from people to help them remain healthy. Behaviour change, however, is something which doesn't happen overnight," Mr Chetty told this newspaper.

He said this was what made it so difficult for people to maintain healthy diets and lifestyles.

"It's time-consuming and it'll be difficult for people because another thing is that the environments they're in need to be supportive in order to help people make that change," he said.

"That's the hardest thing — making that behavioural change and actually monitoring the change."

Separately, Mr Chetty said one of the most beneficial things about the summit was that it brought together people from different organisations.

"It has helped us identify those partners that we actually collaborate with for the betterment of the people. We were definitely given the chance to see all the good work that the other organisations are doing and other projects they are doing — that is wonderful to see."


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