Just Play promotes Health and Wellness Week

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JUST PLAY: Promoting healthy living at an early age to tackle N.C.Ds

JUST PLAY: Promoting healthy living at an early age to tackle N.C.Ds

Being physically active is not enough; having a balanced diet is the other main factor in reducing non communicable diseases (N.C.Ds).

One of Just Play Programme’s objectives is to increase healthier lifestyle choices and to reduce the risks factors associated with N.C.Ds.

“We know that regular physical activity and a balanced diet are the only ways to fight obesity and certain types of diabetes. Obesity and diabetes kill too many in our region and it’s time to take action,” a statement from Just Play says.

“Our objective is to promote and encourage active participation in physical activity. The more children enjoy Just Play, the more physically active they will be.” 

This week schools from Aana 1 and 2, Sagaga, Safata and Falealili will run Just Play Festivals for Health and Wellness as part of the Just Play Curriculum.

Teachers will utilise the key messages facilitated in the activities for the children in the past four weeks to verify the importance of these key messages such as 5+ a day, water is good, make healthy choices, eat well! Stay well.

In additional they will offer tips to children such as considering fruits and vegetables as your source for Youth, rich in vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, fibre and water, fruits and vegetables are important nutrients for the body, eating fruits and vegetables reduces your chances of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease and eat 3 meals a day (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) and the Benefits of Water.

Two thousand children registered and are expected to participate in this week’s festivals to be held at their respective schools.

Just Play team will continue provide support through monitoring and evaluation for these schools by helping them change and improve the programme and not only that but to measure the impact of Just Play in schools and communities.

Some of the community and school members will be part of the monitoring process to provide extremely valuable feedback in order for us to constantly improve the programme.

Festivals will be held in Leulumoega Primary School of Sagaga District, Samatau Primary School, Pata Primary School of Aana 2 District, Moamoa/Tauaoo Primary School of Aana 1 District, Apolima Primary School and Satuimalufilufi Primary School of Aana 2 District, Tuana’i Primary School of Sagaga District, Malie Primary School of Sagaga District, Nene Primary School of Falealili District, Vaie’e Primary School of Safata and Siumu Primary School in Falealili District.

Fruits and Water will be provided for children and participants thanks to our Key Partners the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Football Federation Australia, and U.E.F.A Foundation for children and U.N.I.C.E.F and managed by the Oceania Football Confederation.

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