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Primary Students Lead The Charge

Primary Students Lead The Charge
Projects Abroad volunteers. Photo: Salote Qalubau
May 23
09:10 2015

Ten Projects Abroad volunteers and 30 students from the Lautoka Muslim Primary School set the pace for a health and wellness programme in Lautoka yesterday.

The Year Eight students and volunteers set up seed nurseries with the inclusion of health exercises where teachers took part in a series of tests for blood pressure, sugar level, fitness level, weight and body fat check.

All test results were compared to a benchmark record that would determine if an individual’s blood sugar level or weight mass exceeded the normal recording.

Projects Abroad health project consultant Roshan Lal said the key focus shifted to a younger age target because of the death rate commonly seen among children.

“The main focus of this programme is empowerment and education to ensure a sustainable change. We have worked with 10 schools already and eight villages in the Nadi area,” he said.

“We are doing this because a lot of people in Fiji are dying young and the prime cause is abdominal obesity because of processed carbohydrates, refined foods as well as large portion sizes.”

Tomatoes, okra, oranges, cucumbers and Saijan  were planted in the nurseries to start with.

Mr Lal said there were 35 Projects Abroad volunteers around Fiji – who all opted to take part in projects at their own costs.

The group has worked with Nadi Primary school, Nadi district school, Votualevu College, Ratu Navula College, Namaka Public School and Nadi Arya School to name a few.

Mr Lal said a positive response was noted from Votualevu College where teachers started a sports programme. Students of Namaka Public School are taking part in Zumba classes with volunteers.

saloteq@fijisun.com.fj

 

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