The University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus in partnership with USP Student Association organized a two day program on Health Awareness targeted at youths.
The workshop that was held on the 28th and 29th May 2013 was organized in conjunction with USP Laucala Health week.
The Health week, with its theme ‘Invest in Yourself’ aimed at bringing together USP’s staff and students to encourage and discover new ways of improving and maintaining a healthy life style and state of mind.
The day one program, facilitated by the Viseisei Sai Medical Centre team, was based on “Empowering Young People in Reproductive Health”. The topics covered in this session included values/self-awareness, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer/pap smear screening and family planning/contraceptives.
The day two program, facilitated by the Outreach Health Awareness Team from the Ministry of Health, focused on wellness program in Fiji, Physical Activities, Anemia, Diabetes and Non Communicable Diseases and Diet.
One of the participants, James Vakacabeqoli, a second year student of USP said the two day Health talk had enhanced his knowledge and given him a positive attitude towards health.
“We learned about issues concerning physical, mental, emotional and social health, and I feel motivated to improve and maintain my health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors,” he said.
“I am sure that the two day Health education curricula have not only benefitted me but also my fellow colleagues. The two day seminar will help students learn skills they will use to make healthy choices throughout their lifetime.”
“I have been a strong and dedicated advocate of breast cancer ever since my mum's diagnosis and death from breast cancer. During the two day seminar i was also able to learn more about a different type and more common cancer; cervical cancer. The causes and preventive measures was an eye opener for most of my female colleagues.”