20 Dec 2011

American Samoa First Lady pushes health drive

2:04 pm on 20 December 2011

The wife of American Samoa's governor is calling on everyone to do their part in fighting non-communicable diseases.

Mary Ann Tulafono says health professionals have declared diabetes in the territory to be at epidemic levels.

She has urged people to eat healthier food and to exercise more and take action to fight diabetes.

Our correspondent, Fili Sagapolutele, says the First Lady is also concerned at the prevalence of heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.

"She made it clear that there is a big need for American Samoa to fight non-communicable diseases, especially diabetics. And she's really concerned that there's a need for everyone to work together to try and reduce obesity among children [and] adults and come up with some good nutritious food, and also exercise daily."

Mrs Tulafono was speaking at a recent graduation ceremony of the American Samoa Culinary Academy.