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Health through Sports in the Pacific: (re)discovering the joys of a healthy body

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Sport-Santé” (Health through Sports) is a public health programme designed to encourage physical exercise as a way to control non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The eight-month pilot study in Tahiti allowed doctors to prescribe exercise classes for patients with NCDs (exercise prescriptions). Patients were referred to Maita'i Sport Santé, a network of sports trainers who design appropriate exercises for specific medical conditions.

From 16 to 19 July, the French Polynesian Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport jointly convened a workshop to present the Health through Sports programme along with the pilot study’s outcomes. Participants were health and sports professionals from metropolitan France and the French Pacific Territories. 

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