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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
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Monday, March 03, 2008
Posted 2:45 PM by Tevita
Health educators in American Samoa pushing healthy eating in Nutrition Month
From : Radio New Zealand International
Posted at 22:41 on 02 March, 2008 UTC
Health Educators in American Samoa are using "Nutrition Month" which has just got underway to spread the healthy eating message.
A study on non communicable diseases conducted in 2004 puts American Samoa among the top five Pacific island countries when it comes to obesity.
The Maternal Child Health Educator, Rosita Alailima Utu, says the numbers from the 2004 study give cause for concern:
“47.3 per cent of the population in our country are diabetic and 29.9 per cent of the adult population are regular smokers. Now the reason we are promoting this regular physical activity as well as nutrition, especially with nutrition month being in March, 93 point 5 per cent of the population are overweight and 74 point 6 per cent are obese.”
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