The Newsroom Blog

Young Chefs in Samoa Cook up a Feast of Healthy Dishes

For the second year in a row, LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined forces with the National University of Samoa (NUS) Foods Technology Program to organise a healthy cooking competition for colleges throughout Samoa.

Twenty schools from Upolu and Savai’i participated in three separate rounds of competition which focused on healthy eating and diabetes prevention.

Judges from local restaurants were chosen to assess the entries and award prizes to the winners.



During the competition participants learned that preparing and eating nutritious food can reduce the risk of diabetes.

Recipes from the healthy cooking competition will be compiled and distributed.

Diabetes in Samoa and the Pacific Islands has become a widespread epidemic with far-reaching consequences on government and family resources.

Many people do not realise they have the disease until they experience the sobering symptoms. Heart disease, blindness, foot ulcers and lower limb and foot amputations are the end result of unchecked blood-sugar levels.

With the help of cooperating partnerships, LDS Charities hopes to help stem the tide of diabetes in the Pacific through education and nutritional counselling programs.

Watch a short video on LDS Charities Food Production and Nutrition Initiative


Browse the Blog

About The Blog: This blog is managed and written by staff of the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The information here is reliable and accurate but should not necessarily be viewed as official statements from the Church. The purpose of this blog is to provide journalists, bloggers, and the public with additional context and information regarding public issues involving the Church. For official news releases and statements from the Church, visit

Style Guide Note: When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide.