Teachers and parents of students attending the Gordon International School in Port Moresby have been warned of the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles.
Former board chairman Stanislaw Stevens Tao said “we have witnessed a number of diseases because of lifestyle.”
He identified diabetes, HIV/AIDS, TB and mouth cancer as most concerning.
Mr Tao currently heads the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority.
“We can avoid these diseases if we behave and watch what we eat,” he spoke during the schools silver jubilee commemoration last Thursday.
“Health is everybody’s business,” he stressed.
He appealed to parents to be role models warning them to stop chewing betel nut.
“It’s time to stop chewing betel nut,” he was forthright.
He said WHO report indicated half a million people get mouth cancer every year and its mostly because of betel nut.
“People call it the green gold, I call it the ‘green disease’,” he said.
Mr Tao also appealed to parents to feed children with organic food.
“It’s about time parents take the lead,” he said.
Students performed some traditional dances after listening to Mr Tao.