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President Calls For Healthy Living

President Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote urged athletes, sporting federation officials and all stakeholders to join the fight in promoting a fit and healthy nation. He made the remarks while
05 Mar 2018 11:36
President Calls For Healthy Living
President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote (with salusalu) and the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou with the winners of the respective categories of the 2017 Fiji Sports Awards at the FMF Gymansium, Suva, on March 3, 2018. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

President Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote urged athletes, sporting federation officials and all stakeholders to join the fight in promoting a fit and healthy nation.

He made the remarks while delivering the keynote address at the 2017 Fiji Sports Awards at the newly refurbished FMF Gymnasium, Suva on Saturday night.

“Wellness is defined as the quality of the state of being healthy in body, mind and spirit,” Konrote said.

The President urged athletes to remain focused and committed in maintaining and improving their present status of physical and spiritual well-being.

“Many of you have heard that our country is doing well economically. We had eight successive years of economic growth, but a good portion of our hard-earned money is going towards the nation’s health bills. Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart diseases and diabetes top the list of killer diseases and you will all agree that this should not necessarily be the case for a sport loving nation like Fiji.”

The President revealed that medical statistics had shown that NCDs related ailments contribute to about 80 percent of deaths under the age of 70.

“And Fiji is the second highest Pacific Island country with NCD- related deaths in the region. This disturbing and alarming state of our national health and wellbeing must be improved upon.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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