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R.E.S.U.L.T.S. program kicks off

“To all of those that were responsible for preparing R.E.S.U.L.T.S., I want to congratulate them for their efforts in putting together a program for the youth to first of all help them attain good health,” said Fepulea’i, speaking on behalf of Governor Togiola Tulafono and ASG.
Once the games began laughter was in the air at Kananafou Theological Seminary’s field as the youth groups, the majority of them having never played the sport seriously, took to kicking the ball back and forth with gusto.
The program’s aim is to help youths ages 16-25 be aware of obesity and the complications it causes such as diabetes and hypertension. Funding for the program and backing comes from OFC after awarding an American Samoa delegation $20,000 during the inaugural Pacific Youth and Sports Conference hosted by OFC in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010.
“We are very grateful to the Oceania Football Confederation for helping us get this program up and running,” said Leiataua Leuga Turner, director of DYWA, during the opening ceremony. “We also want to extend our thanks to Football Federation American Samoa for supporting us in this venture.”
The teams looked very sharp in their uniforms purchased from Lotto in New Zealand, walking on to the field of play looking like professional players.
LBJ Hospital’s nursing department took down the data needed such as checking for diabetes, high blood pressure and also weighed and measured the participants.
The service was offered to anyone wanting to check themselves for diabetes and hypertension.
“We believe this will program will be very good for our youth,” said FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua, speaking on behalf of the association’s president Iuli Alex Godinet who is currently off island. “And we are very happy to be a part of it as it.”
Games will be held twice a week for the next 15 weeks with the recreational competition featuring 7-a-side co-ed squads.
FFAS is providing its referees to officiate the games as well as match balls and marking the fields of play.

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