News Release

Chuuk Receives ‘Eat Healthy & Be Active’ Course

Members support each other in learning to prevent Diabetes

Chuuk Lagoon's Namoneas District received the 'Eat Healthy & Be Active program. The island of Romanum Branch's self-reliance specialist, Tarsisio Walter, held their first class Saturday, October 22nd in their meetinghouse. After a short training on the testing equipment, Lawrence Joseph, a nurse on Romanum, assisted as the participants took turns at being weighed and tested for blood pressure and glucose. Their data was then logged into their manuals as a starting point to compare with their final twelfth-week tests.

The ‘Eat Healthy & Be Active’ program was adopted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Welfare Department to help with the islands high number of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s). This course is prepared for the Pacific islands as a Diabetes prevention education program to teach correct principles to improve health and the quality of life not only for members but also for their community.

This twelve-week course gives participants a chance to gather with others, learning a healthier lifestyle and how to prevent Diabetes.

Throughout the twelve weeks, participants follow the principles outlined in the manual, meeting each week, learning line upon line and precept upon precept.

Supporting each other in and out of class gives confidence, reassurance, and improves self-esteem resulting in greater success in achieving commitments and goals.

Inside the manual cover, the Asia North Area Presidency explains that God has commanded us to “seek…out of the best books words of wisdom” (Doctrine & Covenants 88:118) and has provided to us a “word of wisdom” where He counselled us in the care and nourishment of our bodies (Doctrine & Covenants 89).

God has also given a promise, saying, “And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.” (Doctrine & Covenants 89:18-20)

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