A student gets her pressure checked during USP’s Health and Wellness Week at Laucala Campus.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Campus Life office has organised the 2016 Health and Wellness Week for the fourth year at the University’s Laucala Campus from 11 – 14 October 2016.
The week-long event has been aimed at bringing together staff and students with a major focus on encouraging, discovering, improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle on a budget.
The 2016 USP Health and Wellness Week is about making a commitment to "Invest in Your Health" and to realise that, Campus Life has organised a range of talks, competitions, and physical activity classes, cooking demonstrations and health checkups.
According to the Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Richard Coll, the Health & Wellness week is a key event in the University’s calendar.
Professor Coll said that the 2016 Health and Wellness week is a tangible commitment by the University to ensure that its students and staff become aware of the need to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle while studying and working at USP.
“As a responsible organisation, the University recognises the need to provide personal development and learning experiences outside the lecture room and workplace and the Health and Wellness week is very much about providing us with information, knowledge and opportunities in relation to our health and wellness,” Professor Coll said.
National Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases, Dr Isimeli Tukana said that he was pleased to partner with USP for the third time and thanked the University’s Campus Life office for organising such an event for its staff and students.
Dr Tukana spoke on the importance of looking after one’s health in terms of having proper diet and having regular check-ups.
He informed the staff and students during the launch that three common diseases that affect Pacific people the most are diabetes, stroke and heart diseases.
Dr Tukana urged everyone to make the most of the 2016 Health and Wellness Week.
During the week, students and staff got the opportunity to make use of a number of services provided by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services including, mental health awareness talks, oral health information, free medical checks for diabetes and food and nutrition advice sessions that are available during the week.
The Campus Life office has also organised a range of cooking demonstrations by Australia Pacific Technical College during the weeklong programme that focuses on the preparation of nutritious meals on a budget. Fiji National Blood Service together with Campus Life Office is also running a week-long USP Blood Drive at the Laucala Campus.
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