We have some great news to share! The 10,000 Toes Campaign has launched in Samoa and American Samoa, and this marks a significant step toward combating NCDs (non-communicable diseases) and promoting healthy living in the region. The work has already begun as our team shipped our much-needed Diabetes Screening Kits to Samoa and American Samoa, in time for The 10,000 Toes Campaign’s New Ambassadors’ training on how to use the screening kits.
Over 150 Samoans joined The 10,000 Toes Campaign health project to combat diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCD) during a two-day training event organised by The 10,000 Toes Campaign Regional Ambassador Trans Pacific/Fiji Mr. George Kwong and Tokelau Mission (STM) Health Director Mr. Afamasaga Ben Tofilau.
The training focused on:
- Educating members about healthy eating and NCD prevention strategies;
- Learning how to use the health kits to monitor and identify community members who are at low, medium, or high risk of NCD, and
- Advising them on how to prevent or see a doctor for treatment if they are at high risk.
In his remarks, Samoa & Tokelau Mission Secretary, Pr Neru Nuuialii was grateful to The 10,000 Toes Campaign for bringing the training to their country. He described it as an eye-opener and shared:
“NCDs are silent killers, and our people are dying daily without knowing the severe impact on their health and the decline in their full capacity to perform and strengthen their faith.”
He also announced that there would be a focus on more plant-based meals at their future functions.
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