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Drop In Healthy Lifestyles For Young Alarming: Usamate

Eighty-two per cent of all deaths in Fiji are attributed to non-communicable diseases, says the Minister for Health Jone Usamate. Coronary heart disease and strokes were responsible for majority of
23 Sep 2015 10:32
Drop In Healthy Lifestyles For Young Alarming: Usamate
Minister for Health Jone Usamate.

Eighty-two per cent of all deaths in Fiji are attributed to non-communicable diseases, says the Minister for Health Jone Usamate.

Coronary heart disease and strokes were responsible for majority of deaths in the 40 -59 year age group, he said.

He made this comment during the opening physical activity toolkit consultation in Lami yesterday.

“The non-communicable diseases (NCD) crisis in Fiji is predicted to worsen with increasing problems of unhealthy lifestyles and behaviours,” he said.

Sitting for such long hours was considered an attributable factor towards the risk of establishing NCD’s, he said.

“Despite the known positive health effects that physical activity has on the prevention of these chronic lifestyle diseases, the level of physical activity in Fiji is not enough,” he said.

“Even more alarming is the drastic drop in levels of physical activity among our younger generation.”

The Fiji, Global School Health Survey, 2010, revealed that our young people did not participate in enough physical activity associated with health benefits he said.

He said there were no excuses  consideirng the numerous sporting programmes promoting wellness and NCD education.

“We will continue this effort and work closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to contribute to a pilot physical activity toolkit to encourage the engagement of physical activity through different sectors.”

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