Tuvalu students champion health

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The group in Japan learning about healthy eating.

Students from Funafuti Adventist Primary School (Tuvalu) were among a group of 20 Pacific representatives on a “Kids’ Champion Tour” to Japan recently.

Funafuti was chosen by the Tuvalu Ministry of Education to be part of the tour, which included 10 students and 10 adults. Other countries represented were Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. The 12-day trip focused mainly on promoting healthy eating and physical activity to guard against non-communicable diseases such as diabetes.

The children experienced some of Japan’s healthy foods and a variety of physical activities. They were encouraged to be advocates for these activities in their own countries.

Head girl at Funafuti, Anton Sapakuka, said: “I have learned so many things from this tour, such as the cleanliness of their country, they eat more vegetables than eating meat or junk food, and lastly I saw kids always riding bicycles to go to school.”