In a few short weeks i'll be heading over to participate in my first volunteer project in almost three years, and my first project applying my skills as a student of naturopathy. I'm looking forward to dusting off the passport and applying my experience in volunteer aid that i've accumulated over the past ten years across Australia, Indonesia and Nepal.
It's a great opportunity for me to give back and be grateful for the knowledge and health education we receive here in Australia and the opportunities we are given to live healthfully and abundantly. It's something we can all take for granted, myself included.
We are headed to Fiji on a project addressing the severe lack of health education and the resulting rate of obesity in Fijian communities. We will be offering free health assessments and providing health ed in villages, corporate businesses, schools & community centres to increase knowledge about nutrition and the effect of physical activity in the prevention of obesity and development of disease.
"Almost 1 in 3 Fijian’s is now diabetic and now has the highest death rate from diabetes in the whole world"
Obesity and diabetes are placing a huge social, economical and emotional load on Fijian society. Currently, 1 in 3 Fijians are found to have elevated blood sugar, and this is primarily attributed by the excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates like white rice, refined flour and cassava (a local root crop with very high Glycemic Index).
By supporting this campaign you will be supporting volunteer efforts in the following:
– Conducting individual and group consultations
– Remote island healthcare education
– Corporate health
– Children’s health & education
– Identifying protein deficiency among school kids
– Assisting in the prescription of natural protocols
– Providing educational assistance and local talks
– Helping build nutrition and diabetes awareness campaigns
– Designing fitness and exercise programs
– Village exercise programs
– General healthy living programs.
Any donations small or large will be greatly appreciated to help make this project possible. I'll be documenting along the way on both Facebook (Lauren Clayton-Smith) and Instagram (@claydo_) so you can watch where your valuable donations have been put to work.
As with my previous campaigns, all surplus donations will be used to buy educational material for a local school and will also be documented online so you can see how your donation has made a difference.