“Kids Kicking Obesity” event a hit
The Nobesity Samoa’s “Kids Kicking Obesity” awareness event at St Joseph’s College, Alafua yesterday has been described as a success.
Nobesity Samoa co-ordinator, Visceta Meredith commended the strong presence and support from leaders of the Government, business community and members of the diplomatic corps, sporting organisations, fitness industries, parents and the 95 kids who participated.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who opened the event, said there cannot be a healthier Samoa if everyone worked on their own.
He said it’s a shared responsibility to drive for a healthier Samoa as is evident with the presence of leaders from the various sectors at the event yesterday.
“The objective is to increase awareness on childhood obesity. I think we did just that with an event that emphasises a solution to childhood obesity.
“On top of the awareness, we also provided the opportunity for the kids to move, be active and surrounded with nutritional meals that can assist with better and healthier choices. Kids must have more access to services or activities that promote healthier lifestyles,” Ms. Meredith said.
She added that preventing childhood obesity is everyone’s responsibility.
“That’s why Nobesity is always calling for others to help us help the kids make healthier choices. We all can and, we all will kick obesity. All good things start at home.”
She also indicated their willingness to do more and to take the programme to Savai’i in 2019.
“With the availability of funds we can. There is a cost to all we do, and for Nobesity, a cost to promote and encourage kids to live healthier is a cost with a higher return.
“So yes, as the Prime Minister suggested, events like these should be done every three months - it’s doable. Nobesity would love the financial assistance to do it and maybe a permanent place/field for Nobesity to run its programme would be a bonus,” she added.
The programmes are supported by the United States Embassy and Nobesity Samoa. Some of the events included the chiefs and kids run and the battle of the fittest.
Battle of the fittest results:
1st - Samoa Tag 12:08:42
2nd - Fatutoa 12:21:67
3rd - Volleyball 12:24:40
4th - NRL 12:41:27
5th - JP 12:49:99
6th - Samoa Touch 17:37:34