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Adventist ministry promotes healthy living

Written By : SANDRA AH SAM. Florence Nightingale, known as the Lady with the Lamp, became a world darling when she reduced the death rate among British soldiers during the
12 Sep 2009 12:00

image Written By : SANDRA AH SAM. Florence Nightingale, known as the Lady with the Lamp, became a world darling when she reduced the death rate among British soldiers during the Crimean War in 1854 by using proper sanitation, hygiene and proper meal.
Some women in Fiji are following her legacy through the use of a food canteen at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) in Suva.
The women are part of the Adventist Women Hospital Ministry who operate their canteen at the Maternity Unit of the CWMH.
The move was the brainchild of Atelini Dakua a former Dorcas Welfare, Women and Child Ministry of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Fiji, a student of the prestigious Golder Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre in Haifa, Isreal and as General Conference delegate to St Louis, Missouris, USA 2005 paid dividend in the running of the food canteen.
She persuaded CWMH executives to set up the canteen to promote healthy eating and living.
The Dorcas Welfare Society had been long partners of CWMH especially when there is a nurse station on strike.
She said awareness had increased on the need for healthier work places that helped in the setting up of their canteen.
“The Adventist Women Hospital Ministry was organized to provide healthy dietary standard to reduce the epidemic of non communicable diseases,” said Ms Dakua.
“We are also a supportive arm of the hospital. Our vision is to enhance the love of God in a healthy initiative based on proper nutrition through healthy food, better hospital services on identified challenges such as breast feeding assistance,” she said.
Ms Dakua said they would also like to provide hospital equipment wherever possible and to extend cooking demonstration to members of squatter settlements around Suva.
“It’s a great privilege working in the canteen at the hospital and I am grateful that the ministry has helped us by providing the equipment and the building to run our business,” said Ms Dakua.
“The hospital also assist single mothers who need to make a living to support their family. These women come into the canteen every day with food they have prepared from home to sell.
“By doing this they are able to make money in order to put food on the table and send their children to school.
The AWHM began in June 2006 after a one week landmark free cereal breakfast feeding of approximately 20,000 people in one week.
It was sponsored by the Sanitarium Health Food Company through its Operation Food for Life Ministry.
Ms Dakua said the program was only a part of the larger picture of helping the less fortunate, providing assistance to the needy, poverty, sickness and premature death.
She said apart from the free cereal breakfast feeding of institutions from schools, disable centres, old people institutions, and orphanage like Dilkusha to St Giles and CWM.
Expensive devices were donated to CWM, the rehab centre and hospitals in Sigatoka and Lautoka Hospital.
“The touching part about the operation was the visit of an Australian doctor with locals to sick residents of Wailea Settlement in Vatuwaqa,” said Ms Dakua.
The canteen aims to promote fresh foods from the garden since it is cheaper, healthier and easier to cook.
“We are use to buying junk foods with lots of artificial sugar and preservatives which is unhealthy to the body.
“That is why more people are suffering from diabetes, obesity and a lot of non communicable diseases, people need to change their diet and eat healthier and this is what we are currently doing. We are encouraging people by selling healthy foods at the canteen,” she said.

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