THE need to tackle non-communicable diseases is now the responsibility of not only the Health Ministry but every stakeholder.
This was the message behind another successful Westpac Morning Walk held around the country yesterday.
Westpac Bank head of marketing Nirmala Nambiar said the increase in the number of participants every year sent out the message that people were taking heed of the NCDs awareness.
"We have created this partnership to create the awareness about NCDs as it is one of the major cause of death in the country," she said.
"Fiji has recorded about 80 per cent of deaths for NCDs alone and our objective is to make this awareness for people to take control of their lives and exercise some healthy living.
"This is the whole initiative behind the walk in getting the whole community to be involved in an activity where they are being supported for."
The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, led the morning walk in Suva yesterday, which started from Albert Park with health checks and a warm-up session.
It was a good hour walk along Nasese and back to Albert Park where the participants were treated to a small healthy snack consisting of fruits and coconut water.
Police officers including the Acting Commissioner of Police, Ravi Narayan, joined the walk in Suva.