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02.04.2004 General News

Nestle organises food forum for students, public

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Takoradi, April 2, GNA - Ghanaians have been advised to critically examine their eating habits in order to reduce the increasing cases of heart diseases. Mrs Annie Babah-Alargi, Consumer Services Officer of Nestle Ghana Limited was speaking at a students and consumer forum organised by Nestle in collaboration with the Western Regional branch of the Ghana Home Economics Association (GHEA) at Takoradi on Thursday.

The forum, which was attended by students from selected secondary schools in the Shama Ahanta East Metropolis and the general public, were aimed at giving an insight into the proper uses of some of the products of the company. She said many Ghanaians have abandoned traditional foods and were eating foods that were high in cholesterol thereby making them vulnerable to heart and blood related diseases. "It is not everything that we eat or drink that promotes health," she added.

She said typhoid, high blood pressure, diabetes, tuberculosis and cholera, which were on the increase, were due to improper eating habits and the lack of nutrition in foods. Mrs Mary C. Amegavie, Deputy Western Regional President of the GHEA, said the forum was meant to encourage people to eat balanced diet.