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President Konrote urges teachers and students to adopt a healthier lifestyle

His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote has stressed the importance of school heads taking the first step in curbing lifestyle diseases by encouraging students and teachers to practice a healthier lifestyle. While speaking at the opening of the 117th Fiji Principals Association Conference at the Novotel Hotel in Lami today, President Konrote said all […]

Salote Qalubau

May 19, 2016 12:35 pm

His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote has stressed the importance of school heads taking the first step in curbing lifestyle diseases by encouraging students and teachers to practice a healthier lifestyle.

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His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote speaking at the opening of the 117th Fiji Principals Association Conference at the Novotel Hotel in Lami. (Fijian Government)

While speaking at the opening of the 117th Fiji Principals Association Conference at the Novotel Hotel in Lami today, President Konrote said all Fijians should work together to save our nation and especially children.

KONROTE: “Challenges brought on by health epidemics, climate change, global poverty, and terrorism are threats to society both globally and locally. Your theme and the associated topics will generate interesting debate in the effort to prepare our children to cope with these challenges.”

President Konrote said the teaching of healthy living in schools did not have much effect on the current trend of the 70 deaths caused by Non-communicable diseases.

KONROTE: “NCDs, as we know, are more to do with an individual’s lifestyle and eating habits rather than with genetics.”

KONROTE: “In saying this, I suppose that one of our immediate objectives in preparing our children and grandchildren to face the challenges of the 21st Century would be to ensure that they are making the right lifestyle choices from a young age.”

President Konrote also emphasised on other diseases that posed a threat to Fiji specifically mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

KONROTE: “I reiterate that both NCDs and mosquito-borne diseases are immediate threats to our people. Very real threats.”

President Konrote stressed that the core focus for all Fijians should be to develop an all-out approach in order to solve these issues.

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