Pacific Legends players spreading healthy messages

06 September 2019

Pacific Legends players will be roaming the Otara Shopping Centre today (6 September).

Players from the Pacific Legends squad are gathered at the Otara Shopping centre from 1.00pm-2.30pm today (Friday, 6 September) to give a big push for better health and wellbeing in the South Auckland communities, with the venue including free health checks, exercise classes and a chance to mix and mingle with the players.

The Community Health Awareness initiative is a collaboration between Pacific health providers in South Auckland in partnership with the Pacific Legends players, to promote healthier lifestyles through good nutrition, being active, smokefree and mental wellbeing.

With the recent measles outbreak in Auckland beinga major concern for Pacific communities, the Pacific Legends players will roam the Otara centre to help get messages across about better health and wellbeing.

SouthSeas Healthcare CEO, Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo says around 131 thousand Pacific people live in South Auckland.

“What we know from the data is that we feature highly in most of the negative health statistics. There are a number of reasons for this, which includes how we access primary healthcare, nutritional practices and lack of physical activity. However, there are also a number of other challenges our communities face outside of the health system which impact on our health and wellbeing, such as poor housing, low income and poor educational outcomes.”

The Community Health Awareness initiative hopes to spread messages of healthy living with hearty engagement and discussions with many of the players who have strong links to South Auckland.

The Pacific Legends and and NZ Barbarians will go head-to-head this Saturday (7 September) in the curtain raiser for the Tonga vs All Blacks game in Hamilton, but before that, both teams will put their rivalry to one side in an effort to promote better health and wellbeing for Pacific people in South Auckland.

Pacific Rugby Players CEO Aayden Clarke says he’s extremely proud that they are partnering with SouthSeas Healthcare and other Pacific health providers to utilise the rugby platform for raising awareness about community health issues.

The Pacific Legends players are made up of former stars from Manu Samoa, Ikale Tahi, and the Fijian rugby team, who are giving their support to the Pacific health providers who are working in South Auckland to improve health outcomes.

The Community Health Awareness initiative is supported by SouthSeas Healthcare, Pacific Homecare, Penina Health Trust, Vaka Tautua and Bader Drive Healthcare.

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