Palauans Encouraged To Serve Healthier Food At Custom Events

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‘NCD-free menu’ proposed by women’s group

by Jose Rodriguez T. Senase

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, July 27, 2015) – The Mechesi l Belau will be helping in the fight to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by presenting an NCD-free menu for custom activities during its upcoming conference, which is slated to be held from September 15 to 16, 2015.

This was disclosed by Minister Baklai Temengil of the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs (MCCA) in an interview yesterday.

Temengil said the menu will include traditional dishes whose ingredients have less salt and oil. He said the dishes include taro, fish, chicken, salad, fruits, and local desserts. "The presentation will not only concern food but also the size of plates that will be used for custom," she added.

Temengil said the Mechesil Belau hopes to bring the campaign not only to participants of the onference but later on to restaurants and other establishments selling food.

She said that hopefully the healthy menu will also be adopted in schools so that school children will not be afflicted by NCDs.

The presentation of the NCD-free menu was the main topic of discussion during the Mechesil Belau meeting yesterday at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center.

NCD is the leading cause of deaths, illnesses and disabilities in Palau, undermining health and sustainable development in this small island nation.

The Mechesil Belau is a women’s organization in Palau headed by Bilung Gloria Salii.

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