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School Nutrition Project Battles Rise In NCDS

Learning is lifelong and an exchange of ideas will help minimise the risks of non-communicable diseases. This was the message from Permanent Secretary for Education Alison Burchell at World Food
17 Oct 2018 12:48
School Nutrition Project Battles Rise In NCDS
Samabula Primary School (from left) teacher Aurora Toga with Year 4 students, Aralai Toga, Viliame Takalauvere, Krisha Chand and Aralai Nabuta with their fruits display while celebrating World Food Day in School on October 16, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Learning is lifelong and an exchange of ideas will help minimise the risks of non-communicable diseases.

This was the message from Permanent Secretary for Education Alison Burchell at World Food Day celebrations at Samabula Primary School yesterday.

Children between the ages of seven and nine years were part of this programme. There is a specific reason or selection for this age group. If a child becomes obese in this particular age group there is a 70 per cent chance that they will become an obese adult.

“We need to make sure that we give meaning to lifelong learning so what we learn in primary school will hopefully be the platform for learning in secondary school and in life,” Ms Burchell said.

“Part of this is teaching the students about what right food and drink to choose and what not to. Combined with that is an approach of ensuring that there is an exercise being done and physical activity so that we can address the issue of NCDs.”

Dr Pragya Singh, the Associate Professor Dietetics and Nutrition at Fiji National University, has been involved a project by FNU and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by French Pacific 2017 implemented this at the school.

“As an intervention, we are conducting in one particular school because this is a pilot project for Samabula Primary School,” she said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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