Live Healthy, Stay Healthy Fiji


Live Healthy, Stay Healthy Fiji

The Live Healthy, Stay Healthy resource is the latest addition to Fiji’s wellness movement in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes and heart disease. The booklet focuses on promoting healthy eating and exercise as well as improving mental health and avoiding harmful substances such as tobacco and alcohol.

The Ministry of Health & Medical Services, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the National Food and Nutrition Centre have teamed up to release a new resource which aims to inspire healthy Fijian lifestyles.

Live Healthy, Stay Healthy is unique and different from other health resources as it comes in the form of a ‘wellness challenge’.

The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatanagar said, “This booklet challenges people to eat two servings of fruit, three servings of vegetables and to be active for 30 minutes every day. There is also a health checklist for people to monitor their progress and the challenge empowers people to take charge of their personal health and wellness”.

“By striving towards these three challenges every day, people can lower their blood pressure and blood cholesterol, control their blood sugar and improve their fitness to help fight off and control diabetes and heart disease”.

Previous versions of Live Healthy, Stay Healthy have been distributed to complement the Ministries health screenings to great success. It included guides to show what, and how much people should be eating, healthy drink options, achieving calorie balance for a healthy weight, using heart friendly flavours. The latest version has lots of healthy additions including the Sit Less, Move More five week physical activity program, a mental well-being check and guides to quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake.

The booklets will be distributed by health centres, nurses, dietitians and health work workers throughout the country to complement existing health screening and patient counselling services. The booklets can be used to help people reduce their risk factors for developing NCD’s as well as to help those people with diabetes and heart disease control their conditions.

For more information you can visit the health ministry’s website at or follow Pacific Diets on Facebook.


Lautoka declared Tobacco Free City

The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar today declared Lautoka City to be Tobacco Free.


Over the years, MOHMS has declared 7 Tobacco Free villages to date, in addition to 42 villages with declared Tobacco Free community halls. All government departments including health facilities such as Hospitals, Health Centers and Nursing Stations are all tobacco-free premises. Also, under the Tobacco Control Decree and Regulation all workplaces to which public have access to and markets are smoke-free zones.

Mrs Bhatnagar said, “I am proud that Lautoka City Council has taken this challenge in launching initiatives in tobacco control efforts to achieve ‘Tobacco Free City’ status.

“Tobacco control requires a multi-sectorial approach with community involvement and support. We must keep in mind that it is not only the Government that has a role in combating tobacco issues, it is also you, me, and our communities that have a role. And I sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to tobacco control efforts in Fiji and also everyone here today for being part of this very important tobacco-free launching”.

Assistant Health Minister addresses religious gathering

The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar encouraged people on the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles while speaking at the TISI Sangam Annual Fire Walking in Navua.


“We must instill proper discipline in our lives which will eventually lead to healthy lifestyles and far away from the burden of diseases”, said Mrs Bhatnagar.

“Most people in Fiji have fallen prey to diseases which are avoidable and are the direct results of unhealthy diets and a lack of physical activity”.

Adhering to health advice on proper nutrition and daily physical activity will contribute towards maintaining good health and as such people will be less vulnerable to the NCDs which have engulfed the nation.