House Reps commend Apulu for her selfless service
Mrs. Apulu Veronika Mortenson —who has led her Tae-Bow and Aerobic or Physical Fitness Activities FREE of charge for the past 20 years to members of the public as one of the solutions to combat Non-Communicable Diseases— has been recognized by members of the House of Representatives.
Health Committee Chairman, Mauagaoalii Leapai Sipa Anoa’i wrote to Genevieve Brighouse, Superintendent for the National Marine Sanctuary where Apulu works. The Fagatogo faipule noted that his letter is to commend Apulu for her dedication and service to the people of our territory and the Government of American Samoa.
“I cannot speak enough about her many accomplishments and the professionalism that she displays in the performance of her duties with the American Samoa Government, as I am sure it is invaluable. Her work ethics and loyalty are worthy of the highest praise.”
He noted that American Samoa is rated Number One for obesity in the entire Pacific Region, if not Worldwide and the percentage is an alarming number which illustrates that our people are in a high risk status due to poor eating habits and the total lack of proper exercise.
The NCD Non-Communicable Disease Coalition of American Samoa was established to find solutions to combat what is now becoming a major health crisis in our territory.
“The spirit in which Mrs. Mortenson conducts her Tae-Bow and Aerobic classes throughout our territory is a true measure of one who has given back to our community a 100 fold. It is our firm belief that a healthy community both body, and in mind, is a community that will thrive and prosper,” the faipule explained.
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