The launch of the new Khana Kakana cookbook will encourage Fijians to eat simple, healthy and affordable meals that use locally grown seasonal produce.
While launching the new cookbook in Nasese, Suva, Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said this was the first of its kind complete Fijian guide to healthy eating.
Mr Usamate said the cookbook contains uniquely healthy Fijian flavours with simple recipes from around Fiji and by some renowned chefs aimed at providing at total diet solution and inspiration for every Fijian to get healthier.
This comprehensive healthy cookbook, Khana Kakana, will give Fijians the information and inspiration they need to change their diets and get healthy. As November is non-communicable diseases (NCD) month, this is also the right time to launch and promote healthy way of living, Mr Usamate said.
He highlighted that NCDs like heart diseases, diabetes, cancer and lung diseases are crippling Fiji.
Eighty per cent of deaths in Fiji are NCD related, our life expectancy is dropping and families lose their loves ones earlier than expected.We Fijians love our food and we love life, you cant have one without the other, but your enjoyment of each all depends on quality and quantity. You, as individuals, have the most power to improve your health and lower your risk of NCDs with a wellness approach, eat healthy, natural foods, exercise daily, drink less alcohol and more water, and stop smoking, Mr Usamate added.
The cookbook, which is available on the Ministry of Healths Facebook page, will be made available to members of the public free of charge.
It was developed by the Ministry of Healths Wellness Unit in partnership with the Australian Government, Red Cross Australia and Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID).