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Take Ownership Of Your Health, Akbar Tells Students

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, says there is no short cut to have a healthy live. It requires one to be committed to take ownership of their
21 Jun 2017 11:00
Take Ownership Of Your Health, Akbar Tells Students
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar with students of Veiuto Primary School during the launch of the Reach 4 Your Future Foundation on June 20, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, says there is no short cut to have a healthy live.

It requires one to be committed to take ownership of their health, to eat healthy and do a lot of exercises.

Ms Akbar said this yesterday during the launching of the Healthy Learner, Healthy Fiji programme at Veiuto Primary School in Suva.

She said the introduction of this programme would unveil new opportunities to promote the health and development of children in our nation.

“Any programme that promotes the development of our future leaders is of course a significance investment into developing our nations,” she said.

The programme was collaboratively conducted by Reach 4 Your Future Foundation (R4YFF) in partnership with Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Ministry of Education.

Ms Akbar said the programme would challenge and motivate our children to take responsibility of their health, that their health was within their own hands, and when they grew up they would be a great age of change within their families and communities.

“Health of the people is more important. Without good health we cannot be inspired to achieve our ambitious. Any goal in life needs good health,” the minister said.

VPS acting head teacher Owel Ratumaikoro said it was great privilege for the school to be chosen for the launching of the Healthy Learner, Healthy Fiji Programme.

He believes the programme will lead to productive students, productive schools and building up to a productive nation.

He said students had learned the basics for the healthy learner programme in school and now teachers would have to see the consistency.

“It’s a community effort and we need parents’ supports as well,” he said.

R4YY president and academic partner of RMIT University, Ganesh Sen, said the healthy learner initiative came about in 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

Mr Sen said: “The reason why we choose primary school are that we need to start early.

“If you don’t start education right at the foundational level and provide the building block then it doesn’t matter what you after as the students will have problems later on in life.”

At the moment he said they were targeting urban schools because urbanisation brought a lot of problems.

“We will also be visiting rural school and see what the difference is. Parents should trust what their children say,” Mr Sen said.

There are 12 students from the RMIT University who will conduct awareness and free screening on diabetes and visit other communities in Fiji.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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