Healthy living program targets children

Anne Hepner listens to student's views about NCD at Gurunanak Khalsa College. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

SAVE Our Souls from salt, oil and sugar (SOS) program continues to target students in Labasa with the hope of involving the younger generation to live a healthy life and reduce cases of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The SOS team was at Gurunanak Khalsa College yesterday to raise awareness about the importance of living healthy and eating healthy foods as well.

Initiated by the Labasa Rotary Club three years ago, the SOS program has widely reached out to communities to preach and promote the messages of physical activities, eating healthy and reducing the consumption of sugar, salt and oil.

Team leader Ami Kohli told the students that amputation surgeries happened every eight hours in Fiji and this was an alarming rate.

The Labasa lawyer who is known for his daily walk through town pleaded with students to be agents of change at home, at school, in communities and among their peers.

He encouraged them to spread the message of fighting NCDs and not only preach about living healthy and eating healthy, but live the life of their messages.

Australian nurse and health worker Anne Hepner told the students that Fiji being rated with the highest diabetes cases was an unfortunate situation. However, she challenged them to make changes and drop the cases of NCDs and save lives.

ATH Fiji Foundation executive Ambalika Devi shared her story of being an obese 10 years ago but made difficult decisions to live healthy which had rewarded her today.

“I could not even move with my weight at that time but I decided to make a change,” she said. eat healthy, exercise daily and live a better life and I am enjoying that today.”

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