APART from celebrating the spirit of friendly competition, the annual Sigatoka Bilibili Race held on Fiji Day was a platform for advocating healthy diets and lifestyles.
This was the word from Sigatoka special administrator Jay Whyte.
He said Sigatoka being declared Fiji's first healthy town during the country's 43rd Independence Day celebrations, was indicative of the efforts and commitment of the town council, health officials and stakeholders to reduce NCDs.
"We are structuring activities to promote the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle to all levels of society and a perfect example is the amount of physical activity at the bilibili race on the road and in the river," he said.
"Sixty per cent of all deaths worldwide are caused by NCDs and that's really a lifestyle choice.
"And this is something we're trying to constantly bring to people's attention — that by making the right choices now, in terms of diet and exercise, they could add years to their lives."
Sigatoka was declared Fiji's first healthy town by Western Division medical officer Dr Susana Nakalevu.