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Just Play festival encourages health and wellness

The young football lovers participated in fun and educational activities where eating fruits, veggies and drinking water were amongst the objectives of the games. 36% of the participants were girls, an encouraging statistic in a game dominated by males. With the theme of the festival being “water is best”, the children stayed hydrated throughout the morning and were given fruit to promote making healthy choices.
Lynette Faaiuaso embraces her role as Just Play project manager, constantly encouraging children to eat and stay well.
“With non-communicable diseases on the rise in the Pacific, it is important that we educate children about the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle through the consumption of water, fruits and vegetables as opposed to the preferred junk food and fizzy drinks”, said Faaiuaso.
The Sports for Development programme addresses social issues in the Pacific such as child abuse, gender inequality, non-communicable diseases and exclusion of persons with disability. Each football-related activity from the programme focuses on reducing one of these issues, instead promoting child protection, healthy lifestyles, gender equality and social inclusion of persons with special needs.
The programme has been implemented in primary schools and communities around Samoa. F.F.S will now roll out Just Play sessions promoting gender equality during Fun Football on Saturday mornings at Tuanaimato and Faleasiu with a festival to conclude this phase.

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