Samoa joined the world in celebration of International Day for Yoga

Samoa became the first country in the world to celebrate this day in 2023.
During her speech this morning, Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa said these international days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and celebrate and reinforce humanity’s achievements.
“We all are aware that non-communicable diseases like heart diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases and cancers account for 74% of all deaths globally and 80% of all premature NCD deaths.
“Samoa is not an exception. “The Samoan government is conscious of the increasing number of young people needing urgent overseas treatment for non-communicable diseases. Government is also concerned about the affordability of overseas treatment for NCDs.
“One side, we are exploring ways to reduce the cost of overseas treatment for non-communicable diseases; at the same time we are also making efforts to make people of Samoa healthier by adopting better lifestyles and dietary habits.”
Adding that the World Health Organization has also urged all its member states to help their citizens reduce physical inactivity, which is among the top ten leading causes of death worldwide, and a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.
“I feel Yoga is an invaluable gift to the entire world family from India’s ancient tradition.
“This is like a combo package to address our physical, mental and emotional health needs. “The UN resolution on International Yoga Day highlights the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.
“The best part of Yoga is that all ages can practise it, all fitness levels and doesn’t need any equipment other than just a simple mat. “I am thankful to the Indian community in Samoa for taking this initiative and spreading awareness about Yoga in Samoa.”