Fiji International Offers Free Health Checks

  The Fiji International has joined forces with Smart Lab Fiji yesterday to offer free health checks at the golf tournament to be held at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course
15 Sep 2016 11:06
Fiji International Offers Free Health Checks
Minister for Industry,Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya getting his glucose level tested yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.


The Fiji International has joined forces with Smart Lab Fiji yesterday to offer free health checks at the golf tournament to be held at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from October 6-9.

Spectators who attend the Fiji International this year will be able to take advantage of the free health checks for Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, and Glucose by Smart Lab Fiji.

“This is a great initiative by everyone involved and uses the Fiji International and golf to address and create awareness on issues such as NCD’s like diabetes,” said the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya.

“Golf is the perfect platform to promote healthy living and life-style changes because it is a sport that can be played by everyone, irrespective of age, gender or background.

“Healthy living and healthy life-styles are important components to our tourism industry and the niche segments we market to our international visitors, such as Sports and Adventure Tourism.

“I encourage both our locals and international visitors to go out and engage in more physical activities like golf, nature walks, sky-diving and surfing which are just some of the many products available right here in Fiji,”

This partnership between the Fiji International and Smart Lab and is very much welcomed by the Ministry of Health,” said Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate.

“Any initiative that will assist in providing health checks for the general public is a plus for Fiji. I truly hope the people of Fiji take advantage of this opportunity and make their way down to the Fiji International from October 6-9. Early detection of any health issues is important given the growing trends in non-communicable diseases from life-style choices. Golf is an effective way to promote physical activity and sports as a measure to curve the effects of NCD’s and we look forward to more initiatives like this with the Fiji International.”

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said health and sports are directly linked.

“I am happy to see that the Fiji International is inviting local sports lovers to watch some of the world’s best professional golfers and get their health levels checked at the same time.  The Fiji International is ticking a lot of boxes domestically. We have seen their School Golf Programme grow from year to year reaching over 2,500 primary school students, as well as the start of the “Give Golf a Go” Road Show which is going to be in Pacific Harbour and Navua this weekend,” he added.

“Developing the sport domestically is very important to sustainability and this is exactly what the Fiji International team has been working hard on. To now add the health initiatives to the tournament is a brilliant idea and I would like to commend everyone involved for their efforts here,” said, Tuitubou.

Smart Lab Fiji sirector Ashok Muni says “it is indeed an honour for Smart Lab Fiji to be a part of the Fiji International this year. Our goal is to bring health issues to the attention of the people of Fiji and what better environment to do this than at the Fiji International, a world-class, professional golf tournament which is our nations’ biggest sporting event of the year. I take this opportunity to thank the organisers of the Fiji International and the ministers for their support of addressing health issues in Fiji.”

The Fiji International aims to be more than just a golf tournament, it aims to leave a lasting legacy in Fiji, and the health checks are the latest initiative in achieving this goal.

“The aim of the Fiji International was to place Fiji on the lucrative international golf tourism map. We have achieved this so we have moved onto new goals,” said Natalie Ritter, general manager – Tournament Operations for the PGA of Australia.

“Our aim is for the Fiji International to be more than just a golf tournament; we want to leave a lasting legacy of golf in Fiji which we are achieving through our School Golf Program and “Give Golf a Go” Road Show.

“The health checks are a great way for the Fiji International to help the Fijian community. We hope everyone comes along to support the tournament but also takes advantage of these services to support their health,” add Ms Ritter.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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