Advocate healthy living, says Akbar

University of the South Pacific volunteer students with fruits during the USP Health Week at the Laucala Bay campus, in Suva on Monday, May 07, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

MINISTER for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar yesterday reminded students of the University of the South Pacific to advocate healthy living and lifestyle. Ms Akbar highlighted this while officiating at the launch of the 2018 USP’s Health Week at the university’s Laucala campus yesterday.

“Let us begin with ourselves and that is living a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

Ms Akbar reiterated that it was vital to always have regular health checks and there was also a need to have healthy leaders.

“You can always visit your nearest health centres and hospitals to get checked. Check your sugar level, check if you have high blood pressure and you might be shocked.

“Some of the results from your doctors can really be shocking and we want you to be ready, because lifestyle diseases are reversible.

“I am sure we need healthy leaders. Health is more than being fit, health is more than just losing weight, health is more than just eating the right type of food, and health is more than regular exercise.”

Ms Akbar said non-communicable diseases have caused a lot of premature deaths in the country and there was also an urgent need to address the issue. “Lifestyle diseases are diseases that we get because of the poor health choices and lifestyle,” she added.