Promoting Healthy Living – A Priority For Government


THE Fijian Government is leaving no stones unturned in its campaign to promote healthy living for healthier lifestyles.

With Fiji recording one of the highest death rates as a result of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), yoga could be another effective way of healthy living.

Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr Yogesh Karan made these remarks to about 200 people while officiating at the International Day of Yoga and Vegetarian Food Festival, organised by the High Commission of India at the My Suva Park this morning.

“Yoga plays an important role in maintaining fitness and mental stability and it leads to the healthy development of the mind, body and soul, and improves brain functions, memory and concentration. It also improves posture and plays a very important role in helping you cope with stress,” Mr Karan said.

“The benefits of yoga are infinite and it has the potential to cure many diseases. Many people are practicing yoga in today’s world to remain healthy. For aged people who cannot do intensive exercises, yoga proves to be a best choice for them.”

In a video message, Indian Prime Minister Honourable Shree Narendra D. Modi said it was imperative for people to bring changes to their daily routine through yoga to promote a stress-free environment, among other things.

PM Modi added yoga was a medium to experience and realise a holistic life one could live in a balanced way.

India’s High Commissioner to Fiji H.E, Ms Padmaja said the idea behind the event was basically to promote a holistic approach towards healthy living and also physical and mental stability.

She thanked the Office of the Prime Minister for accepting their invitation and also the general public for being part of the event.

Meanwhile, the International Day of Yoga was established after PM Modi introduced the idea during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014.

The first-ever International Day of Yoga was celebrated on 21 June, 2015 after the endorsement from the UN with about 35,985 people, including PM Modi and some dignitaries from 84 nations, performing 21 yoga postures for 35 minutes in New Delhi.

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