95 percent of NCDs attributed to lifestyle choices

Nausori Market Vendors pictured with some of the Fiji Airways Fiji sevens extended training squad members during the Wellness Outreach Programme at Syria Park in Nausori on Friday, June 21, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

MANY Fijians are not taking an active approach to the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), says Nausori Health Centre’s Dr Fane Rabici.

While speaking at a wellness outreach programme organised by the Fiji Nursing Association Rewa branch in conjunction with Commissioner Central at Syria Park in Nausori on Friday, Dr Rabici said this was causing a worrying increase of NCDs in Fiji.

About 95 per cent of NCDs, she said, were attributed to lifestyle choices.

“Your day-to-day decisions, what you do, what you eat, have a great impact on your health,” Dr Rabici said.

“No matter what age you’re in, male or female, iTaukei or Fijian of Indian descent, you are vulnerable to NCDs.

“If you are living an unhealthy lifestyle, you are increasing your risks.”

She said people were making choices that were detrimental to their health over the natural healthy foods available around them.

“NCDs are given every opportunity to grow through our unhealthy lifestyle choices.”

She added by leading a healthy lifestyle, one would resist the risk of getting NCD and investing in one’s health was also a way in which NCDs could be avoided.

Health screenings were also conducted by medical professionals during the awareness program.

Members of the extended squad of the Fiji Sevens Rugby team to the upcoming Pacific Games in Samoa were chief guests at the one-day event.

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