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Akbar Backs Better USP Lives

Akbar Backs Better USP Lives
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar (back, fourth from left), with the University of the South Pacific volunteers during the (USP) Health and Wellness Week launch on July 24, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services
July 25
11:11 2017

It is only through having a healthy lifestyle that one can prosper in their career or education.

This message was conveyed yesterday by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Health and Wellness Week 2017 launch.

“I am very pleased that USP has taken a lead role in organising the Health and Wellness Month which will be a great platform to reach out to the students,” Ms Akbar said.

She applauded USP for the on-going commitment not only towards education excellence but also ensuring that there were opportunities to enhance the learning environment for important issues like health and wellness.

“I am a true believer that education is a powerful tool that can change lives, education provides a platform for the healthy growth of knowledge, skills, and talents and for the overall development of the personality of an individual,” Ms Akbar said.

“I am very pleased that USP has taken a lead role in organising the Health and Wellness Month which will be a great platform to reach out to the students with programs that promote good health and wellness.”

Ms Akbar said that the current risk behaviour prevalent in Fiji could be changed by people choosing to live a healthy lifestyle and getting screened to determine their wellness status.

“As future leaders of our country you need to be consulted and be well informed for the Health and Wellness of yourself and your family,” she said.

“Organising of such events will greatly contribute towards the Ministry of Health and Medical Service’s commitment towards the fight against Non- Communicable Diseases (NCD’s).

“Through events such as this, we will have the opportunity to drive out the message that we need to eat healthy, exercise daily, engage in daily walking, or sporting activities to keep fit and healthy.”

USP Deputy Vice Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services Professor Richard Coll said the health and wellness week was a partnership with the Ministry of Health and it had been going on for five years.

“USP health and wellness week is a key event in the university calendar because it strives to bring together a bunch of initiatives that will help us in our strategic plan,” Professor Coll said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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