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Usamate Launches Fijian Cookbook

Our health is in our hands. These were the inspiring words of the Minister for Health and Medical Services , Jone Usamate yesterday during the launch of a cookbook titled
07 Nov 2014 12:34
Usamate Launches Fijian Cookbook
From left: Australian Government Counsellor for Developemt Co-operation in Fiji and Tuvalu Joanne Choe, Minister for Health and Medicalo Services Jone Usamate and his Assistant Minister Veena Bhatnagar with the book Khana Kakana. Photo: Jona Konataci

Our health is in our hands.

These were the inspiring words of the Minister for Health and Medical Services , Jone Usamate yesterday during the launch of a cookbook titled ‘Khana Kakana’ at the Fiji National University’s Tiri Restaurant in Nasese.

‘Khana Kakana’ is the first complete Fijian cookbook guide to eating simple, healthy and affordable recipes that use locally grown and seasonal produce. It illustrates Fijian flavours with simple recipes from around Fiji.

This was a combined effort of the Ministry of Health, the Australian Government, Red Cross Australia and Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID).

“November is non- communicable diseases (NCDs) month and this is the right time to promote healthy living. This healthy cookbook will give Fijians the information and inspiration they need to change their diets and get healthy,” Mr Usamate said.

“Eighty per cent of deaths in Fiji are related to NCDs. Unhealthy lifestyles and bad habits lay the foundation of NCDs to develop if we are not careful with the way we look after ourselves daily,” he said.

The Australian government’s counsellor for development cooperation in Fiji and Tuvalu, Joanne Choe, said the guide was developed as a tool to promote healthy lifestyles through healthy eating habits.

“Long working hours, high stress levels and competing priorities impede people’s ability to enjoy nutritious and well balanced meals.

“There is a need for effective tools to be used in order to inform and empower the growing population to eat right because at the end of the day, one still needs to eat,” Miss Choe said.

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