GARDENING FOR HEALTH
It may be remote, but Pukapuka is leading the rest of the islands in the fight against non-communicable diseases by establishing "healthy eating" gardens. Each village has set them up as part of an action plan to monitor and help reduce cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory conditions. Vegetables, root crops and fruits are being planted and islanders are being encouraged to eat them in preference to packaged processed food.
Photo: Eilert "Alex" Larstorp Paulsen for Cook Islands News