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Fiji International to raise awareness on NCDS

Fiji International is using golf as a medium to advocate on non-communicable disease (NCDs) in order to raise awareness to a wider audience. Smart Lab Fiji have partnered with Fiji International to provide free health checks to people at the upcoming golf tournament to be held at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from the 6th […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 15, 2016 10:31 am

Fiji International is using golf as a medium to advocate on non-communicable disease (NCDs) in order to raise awareness to a wider audience.

Smart Lab Fiji have partnered with Fiji International to provide free health checks to people at the upcoming golf tournament to be held at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from the 6th to 9th of October.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Honourable Faiyaz Koya said golf is a perfect platform to promote healthy lifestyle and healthy living as it is played by everyone irrespective of age, gender and background.

“This is a great initiative to create awareness on NCDs and I commend Smart Lab Fiji and Fiji International for linking health and sport to relay this important message,” Minister Koya said.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Honourable Jone Usamate said the focus should be on prevention of NCDs and making sure that people cut down on unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking and drinking.

“We should start eating healthy food and start moving. This initiative for screening the spectators at the event is fantastic as it will show our health status,” Minister Usamate said.

He added that people must understand their health status and act on it.

The Director of Smart Lab Fiji, Mr Ashok Muni said the move to partner with Fiji International is to simply create awareness on NCDs and sports is a better platform.

“We have to change our mindset and behaviour. NCDs is on the rise and it is upon us to take the lead role and advocate on the issue to everyone.”

 

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