Various programmes were set up to commemorate World Health Day, celebrated by countries all over the world.
The Ministry of Health’s promotion manager, Karen Tairea, said the public were given information on the importance of eating a healthy and balanced meal.
She said studies had shown people were not consuming enough fruit and vegetables daily despite the abundant supply of these health-giving foods in the Cook Islands.
She said residents were increasingly consuming processed foods more than freshly-grown produce and drinks such as nu (coconut water).
The Ministry of Health needed other organisations to come on board and assist them in getting the message across.
Health should be seen as an investment and not an expense, she added.
“Having other organisations assisting would be good and individuals need to take responsibility for their health as well.
People required to make the changes needed to stay healthy and if they had diabetes should take medications as prescribed and keep their doctors’ appointments, Tairea said.