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Youth and Healthy Living

- Nigel Akuani

Port Moresby: This was the message of four students from St. Charles Luwanga Secondary who discussed ‘Youth and Healthy Living’ on NBC’s Tribe FM Show, the ‘Chatroom’. 

The eight-consecutive session in a series hosted on Wednesday 1st May, at the NBC Station, had the four Grade 10 students speak about the different aspects of youth life, benefits of a healthy lifestyle, issues affecting youth today, and recommendations to improve the lives of young people.

Kahanitti Sione defined healthy lifestyle and explained how it contributed to the wellbeing of a person. “The physical, social, spiritual and intellectual health of person is important, especially for youths because their minds are more malleable,” she said.  She said that the family was the cell where people grow.

Daniel Toll, a Year ten student spoke on the physical and spiritual aspects and said that ‘peer-pressure’ often causes young people to choose the wrong path. “If we do not make the right choices about our physical and spiritual attributes, this can have negative effect on our wellbeing.”

Joanna Kumbari highlighted the social and intellectual aspect of healthy living. “Self-discipline is an integral part of responsibility.”  She spoke of a toxic reality that is fuelled by social media that destroys rather that building relationships.

The final student Brenth Karol said that young people need focus.  He made recommendations on how effective measures could be taken to convince people, especially youths to adopt a healthy lifestyle.


“Most problems caused by youths, are because their social life is out of step with their physical and spiritual life. Parents need to be better role models, youths need must join positive activities, and in making their decisions they must always remember to put God first.”

Social Communications Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb, congratulated the students for presenting their views on Tribe FM.  He invited all to ensure that they live a balanced life. 

Ms Jacklyn Jimberi, teacher In Charge of the students was happy with the performance of the students. 


“The students have done well and we are definitely looking forward to a second session soon.” 

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