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Partnership with Health continues to grow

A total of 55 facilitators were trained in three different islands in Vanuatu, Luganville on the island of Santo, Lakatoro on the island of Malekula and Port Vila on Efate.

All the courses were conducted by the Just Play Instructors in Vanuatu.

In Partnership with the Ministry of Health the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Presentation delivered by Health care Professionals from the Ministry of Health explained what the common NCD’s are currently affecting.NCD’s can be prevented by Physical exercises and good nutrition. Rosie Thomas from the Australian Youth (AYAD) Volunteers who worked with the Shefa Health Department made this presentation.

Lots of questions were asked and myths busted about NCD’s and constructive discussions were generated among the course participants.

Just play manager George Regenvanu was very pleased with how participants responded very well and had learned new ways of teaching healthy topics to their kids using the new Health Manuel distributed by the Department of Health. He extended his gratitude to all participants who had faithfully attended the courses.Mr regenvanu believed after the course the participants will go back and practice what they have learnt especially in regards to the first ever Health Manual Booklet funded by the Ministry of health with 50 different topics of how to live a healthy lifestyle along with the new health presentation.

The Healthy island manuel handbook gave the facilitators new ways of teaching healthy topics to kids and adults about the importance of brushing their teeth every day, why you must wash your hands before eating, what to eat and not to eat to stay healthy, the importance of playing sports to keep your body strong to fight against diseases.

Mr Regenvanu also encouraged all facilitators to become role models so that children can see and can live a good life in years to come to make Vanuatu a healthy nation.

At the end of the courses, all participants realized that just play soccer activities are in place to promote physical activity to prevent Non-Communicable Diseases ( NCDs).

Developed by the OFC social responsibility and technical departments, Just Play is designed for children aged six to 12 and promotes physical activity while encouraging community involvement, healthy living, gender equality and disability development.
OFC has worked closely with UEFA, the Australian Government – through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) – and Football Federation Australia to implement the programme across the Pacific over a three-year period between 2009 and 2012. It was launched in Tonga and is now also running in American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu.
The confederation has also been working in New Zealand with Special Olympics on a Just Play programme for people with mental disabilities and has launched the same initiative in Samoa and Fiji.
Just Play has reached over 106,000 children – 43 per cent of whom are female – across the Pacific and trained over 2,200 teachers and volunteers.

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