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World Food Day: Unilever advocates iron-rich foods for mothers, girls

By Chioma Obinna

With 1 in 4 going to bed without a nutritious meal, a passionate call has gone to mothers and adolescent girls in the spirit of World Food Day to imbibe the culture of ensuring that meal prepared in the homes have the required level of nutrients the family needs to live healthier lives.

WORLD FOOD DAY: Nollywood Actress and Knorr Ambassador, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde (middle) with Brand Building Director, Foods, Unilever Nigeria, Nsima Ogedi-Alakwe (right) during theWorld Food Day with students of Government College, Agege.

Making the call at Knorr School Feeding Programme held at Government College, Agege, Lagos to mark this year’s World Food Day with the theme; “Share A Meal”, Nollywood star and Knorr Ambassador, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, advised Nigerian mothers and daughters to prepare nutritious meals with green leafy vegetables and iron fortified Knorr cubes.

The multi award-winning superstar explained that cooking nutritious meals would help address the serious issues of anaemia.

“Teenage girls need 50 percent more iron than when they were younger to cope with body changes and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to anaemia.  Knorr is re-enforcing its promise to help the majority of Nigerians who do not eat enough food high in iron, especially adolescent girls.”

In May 2015, Knorr unveiled its commitment to help reduce the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in Nigeria, and Omotola  described prevalence of iron deficiency as a major public health, adding that Knorr is now making nutritious cooking more desirable, easy to understand and affordable.

She said the Green Food Steps programme is engaging 50,000 mothers and daughters, tapping into the deeply rooted habits of mothers passing recipes on to their daughters, to practice the new cooking habits in Ijebu Ode and Amaigbo, with the ambition to roll out to the rest of Nigeria next year.

On the launch, Managing Director, Unilever Nigeria, Yaw Nsarkoh said: “We’re excited to be playing such a big part of World Food Day. We’re completely committed to helping Nigerians get the nutrients they need from their meals.

“The radio cook-along with Omotola has been brilliant – the perfect opportunity to have fun and encourage people to share a meal with each other.”

Nsarkoh explained that Knorr’s Green Food Steps programme was to improve the health and happiness of a billion people by unlocking more flavour and goodness from everyday food.

Brand Building Director,  Nsima Ogedi  said research  shows that 1 in 4 go to bed without a nutritious meal said a nutritious meal must have the required nutrients, adding that mothers should ensure that adolescent girls get enough iron.


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