Tuicakau: Take part, be in­volved

Fiji Sun - - Sport - JUS­TINE MANNAN jus­tine.mannan@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices is sup­port­ing the 2016 Is­land Chill Suva Marathon on July 23. Per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Dr Me­ciusela Tuicakau said the Suva Marathon would help in the fight of Non –Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases (NDC). “The Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices re­gards this as one of the well­ness ac­tiv­i­ties and it’s a good arena to ad­vo­cate for well­ness in our com­mu­ni­ties,” Tuicakau said. “Around 70 per cent of deaths is due to NCDs and their com­pli­ca­tions, that is ap­prox­i­mately 4,500 peo­ple who die each year be­cause of NCDs. “We need to em­power our com­mu­ni­ties and tell oth­ers that we need to pre­vent our young gen­er­a­tion from get­ting NCDs. “The Min­istry for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices can­not do this alone. It needs a lot of par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­volve­ment from the public, pri­vate sec­tor and the com­mu­nity to fight this. “So I thank Suva Marathon for putting up such an event be­cause I know a lot of peo­ple will ben­e­fit from it. They need to take part ad be in­volved.” Euro­pean Union head of del­e­ga­tion Johnny En­gell-Hansen said the EU sup­ports the ini­tia­tive by Suva Marathon and en­cour­ages the public to do some­thing good for them­selves. “We at the EU think run­ning is a good thing,” he said. “Stay­ing fit is some­thing you can do for your­self, it is your op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing good for your­self. So I want to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get up and go out and go run­ning and do some­thing good for your­self.” The event con­sist of a Full marathon (42.2km), Half marathon (21.1km), Cor­po­rate marathon (10.55km each-4 in a team) and also a Fun Run (8km) which will be held for the first time Edited by Osea Bola

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