VUNIMOLI villagers in Labasa are finally reaping the advantages of a healthy living program launched in their village last year.
Former village headman and Vodafone World of Change candidate Eminoni Limalevu had headed the survey launched by the ATH Fiji Vodafone Foundation, and it included the screening of about 70 villagers, the results of which was presented to Vunimoli Village.
Vodafone Fiji Foundation executive Ambalika Devi said upon accessing the state of village health and wellness, chief Veresa Sadrugu requested for a village health and wellness guide that was developed by Vodafone World of Difference charity ACATA Trust Fiji.
"Considering the health and wellness status of Vunimoli Village, the chief, Mr Sadrugu, championed the development of the policy which included sugar-free, salt-free, exercise and involvement of youths, women and families," Ms Devi said.
Mr Sadrugu said the spin-off from the village health and wellness program saw a big improvement in his family and villagers' health.
"I had a big belly and I have switched from eating white rice and flour to brown, less oil, less sugar and no salt on some days," he said.
"Six months back when I was screened, my sugar level was 13.8 and now it has gone down to seven after following the healthy living guide."
Mr Sadrugu said the program had improved his life as he was now able to go to the gardens and also cut cane.