We can all do something to help

We can all help tackle the problem of lifestyle-related diseases in the Pacific. This is the key message from our Healthy Pacific Lifestyles (HPL) team. Working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and development assistance partners AusAID and NZAID, SPC supports Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs) in their efforts to reduce relatively high rates in the region of death from non-communicable diseases. These include ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and diabetes. The causes are complex, including availability of foods, cost, attitudes and lifestyle choices. Realities and priorities may vary from place to place, but HPL believes we can all do something to address the main risks. For example, we might improve nutrition, stop smoking, reduce alcohol consumption and increase physical activity.It’s about who we are – how we respect ourselves and others around us – today, tomorrow and every day.



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