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Alena Urges Family To Reduce Salt Intake

  This year for World Obesity Day, Alena Tuvou has urged her family to reduce their salt intake. As young as she is, she knows only too well the risks
15 Oct 2016 11:00
Alena Urges Family To Reduce Salt Intake
L-R: Alena Tuvou of year 8 of John Wesley Primary School with School Head Teacher, Ana Vecenayawa at the World Obesity Day Celebration in Raiwaqa. Photo: Mere Satakala

 

This year for World Obesity Day, Alena Tuvou has urged her family to reduce their salt intake.

As young as she is, she knows only too well the risks that are associated with it.

The Year 8 student of John Wesley Primary School said: “My mum suffered from hypertension and it’s her lifestyle that has caused it.”

It is a known fact that in many cases, a person’s health is defined in what he or she consumes.

And it is with this reason that the 14-year-old has taken a stand to reduce her family’s salt intake. Not just because of hypertension, but also because it is a potential risk factor to obesity.

World Obesity Day 2016 theme is Calling Urgent Government Action to End Childhood Obesity.

John Wesley Primary School is part of the Health Promoting Schools programme chosen by the Ministry of Education this year.

“One bottle of coke is equal to 10 teaspoon of sugar,” said national advisor for non-communicable disease, Dr Isimeli Tukana much to the surprise of the student.

NCDs are caused by lifestyle diseases and Dr Tukuna encouraged children to eat healthy and exercise regularly.

School manager Ilaitia Rakuro said: “Our school has fruits and water day every Friday and students are encouraged to bring fruits and water from home.”

Dr Wendy Snowdon, World Health Organisation technical officer said: “It’s important that students take such messages back to their home and community to set an example for a healthy lifestyle.”

Mohammed Khalif of the Ministry of Education said: “Every school has an expectation and this is to adhere to the guidelines provided in monitoring of food sold in school canteens.”

He added that some schools were not following such guidelines set up by the Ministry of Education with the Ministry of Health.

However, he has assured that the ministry has policies and enforcement teams as part of its guidelines. The teams are prepared to do a canteen audit in schools.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: mere.satakala@fijisun.com.fj

 



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