ABOUT 800 people die every year from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
This was revealed to employees of Tanoa Waterfront Hotel at an NCD screening and awareness clinic conducted at the hotel by Ministry of Health officials.
Dietitian Elizabeth Pauu said the unhealthy way of life of some people led to the high number of NCD related deaths.
"This has also prompted more outreach programs, especially in the rural areas and outer islands," Ms Pauu said.
"Today a group of medical officials went to Naviyago and another group to the Yasawas."
As a means to reach out to the greater part of the community, Ms Pauu said they were also present at the Crest Agriculture Show where a lot of interested people came forward for check-ups.
"Roughly 500 to 600 people who came underwent health education and they did not just come for the check-ups," Ms Pauu said.
"Many people were inquisitive and wanted to know more about NCDs and we made sure we changed things around this year by not only getting more screening done but lots of health education as well.
"It was really good as people came in groups and you could tell they were adjusting to a new style because some people just came for testing and went away without actually doing anything and we wanted to change that mentality.
"Those people who are too busy to exercise, they can do little things to keep themselves healthy.
"Thfrom where they work, so that they walk a distance and get some exercise done and also, walking fast increases the metabolic rate of our bodies.
"With technology, fast food and advertisements, young children are also in danger of contracting these NCDs.
"That is why we are monitoring what is sold in school canteens — only healthy treats are to be sold," she said.