A BOOK of innovative regional will promote healthy eating to combat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific. The Pasifika Plates cookbook contains over 40 delicious recipes from around the islands, easy health and nutrition tips, a gardening guide. Designed on the lines of an earlier production by Fiji’s Health Ministry, the book has special contributions from well-known Pacific chefs such as Robert Oliver and Dom Samsom, and photos that showcase the natural beauty of our local produce.

Recipes in the book have been drawn from every nation and territory in the region and are designed to be healthy, nutritious, affordable and exciting. Produced by SPC’s Public Health Division, it supports connections between agriculture and good health by highlighting the “grow local, eat local” message and promotes livelihood opportunities for local farmers by creating awareness and demand for nutritious local produce.

Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, said: “Pasifika Plates encourages Pacific people to return to their culinary roots, literally, by emphasising and promoting traditional crops and other nutritious foods that thrive on their islands. “By promoting healthy food choices, SPC hopes Pasifika Plates will empower individuals in their efforts to prevent and control diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

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