Health

“Look out for hidden salt”

The health ministry is urging the public to exercise caution and always to understand the dangers of eating unhealthy food. The Ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Mecuisela Tuicakau highlighted this when he delivered the keynote address at the 2016 Salt Awareness Week. In his remarks, Dr Tuicakau said it was important for consumers to always read […]

DEPTFO

May 24, 2016 8:45 am

The health ministry is urging the public to exercise caution and always to understand the dangers of eating unhealthy food.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr Mecuisela Tuicakau at the launch of Salt Awareness Week. (DEPFTO)
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr Mecuisela Tuicakau at the launch of Salt Awareness Week. (DEPFTO)

The Ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Mecuisela Tuicakau highlighted this when he delivered the keynote address at the 2016 Salt Awareness Week.

In his remarks, Dr Tuicakau said it was important for consumers to always read the nutrition information on food products and to look at salt content to avoid the risk of non-communicable diseases.

At the National Salt Awareness Week launched at Arya Samaj Primary School, Dr Mecuisela said that often, consumers were not aware of the quantity of salt added in food products.

TUICAKAU: “The purpose of the salt reduction awareness is to highlight the importance of reducing salt intake and schools have been established as one of the priority settings for health promotion in Fiji.”

He added the launch of the awareness campaign in schools gives the Health Ministry the opportunity to create awareness to students at an early age on healthy eating habits.

TUICAKAU: “When too much salt is consumed, it contributes to high blood pressure, kidney problems, straining arteries, heart and brain and stroke. Read food labels and look out for hidden salt when eating at home, restaurants or at school.”

The National Salt Awareness Week was launched in collaboration with Ministry of Education and the National Food and Nutrition Center.

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