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Nausori Marks World Diabetes Day

Watch the type of food you eat, says 77-year-old diabetic patient Mereani Raico. She was part of the World Diabetes Day celebration at Syria Park in Nausori yesterday. With this
15 Nov 2014 08:15
Nausori Marks World Diabetes Day
Ministry of Health staff, school students and NGOs march with Fiji Police Band to mark the World Diabetes Day in Nausori yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Watch the type of food you eat, says 77-year-old diabetic patient Mereani Raico.

She was part of the World Diabetes Day celebration at Syria Park in Nausori yesterday.

With this year’s theme as ‘Healthy Living and Diabetes’, Mrs Raico said people could live a happy life even with diabetes.

“Last year, I went to the hospital for a normal check up, but was told that I have diabetes,” Mrs Raico said.

“However, I was encouraged by the nurses and doctors to take extra care of my health by making sure that I eat balanced meals and to exercise daily.

“I have diabetes, but I still live a productive happy life,” she said.

Chief guest and Assistant Minister for Health, Veena Bhatnagar said in Fiji one in three adults had diabetes.

“Diabetes, being a non-communicable disease or NCD is caused mostly by lifestyle choices.  The way we eat, drink, exercise and manage our stress will affect our health,” Mrs Bhatnagar said.

“The simple steps to prevent and manage diabetes is given by the acronym SNAPSS,where the first S stands for smoking avoidance,N for proper nutrition, A for alcohol limitation,P for physical activity and SS stand for stress management and spiritual development,” she said.

The day started with a march through Nausori Town led by the Police band from Ratu Cakobau House to Syria Park.

litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 




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