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31.08.2005 Regional News

Unilever celebrates Vitality Day with employees' Children


Tema, Aug. 31, GNA -- Unilever Ghana Limited, as part of its commitment to employees' vitality, has organised Vitality Day for over 45 children of its employees.

The programme, the second of its kind, was to enlighten families of Unilever employees on its mission:'To add vitality to life by meeting everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life.'

There were talks on Healthy Eating and Keeping Healthy weight, while the children went through free dental screening, Body mass Index checks, Waist Circumference measurement, Dietary as well as Voluntary Counselling and Testing for HIV/AIDS.

Mrs Vicky Wireko Andoh, Corperate Relations Manager of the Company, since last year, Unilever had changed its mission to add vitality to its products to improve on the quality of life by meeting everyday needs of people in nutrition, hygiene and personal care. Mrs Andoh said in order to prevent pollution of the area its operation, Unilever has an effluent plant that processes its waste products.

She said the company is currently collaborating with other International Organisations like the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), on projects to help reduce mortality rate in children less than five years.

On healthy eating and keeping healthy weight, Mrs Sandra Ayisi, a Nutritionist with Unilever, said research indicates that what one eats correlates with one's health status.

For instance, she said, inadequate intake of vitamin A leads to a compromised immune function.

She cautioned the children against excessive intake of calories which lead to obesity, and recommended high intake of fibre foods like oats and legumes that absorb cholesterol.

Mr. Peter Sykes, Human Resource Director of the Company, noted that apart from providing the company with a sense of purpose and a pathway to future, vitality 'will also help us to win the market place and strengthen our corporate reputation by offering products that improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world'.