On 23/Oct/2019 / In Articles
The Lagos State chapter of the Association of Nigerian Dietitian has charged Nigerians on the need to eat healthy and hygienic meals. The President of the Association, Mrs Jessie Nwankwo, said this at an awareness programme organised to mark the 2019 World Food Day in Lagos.
She called on the three tiers of government to sensitise food vendors on how to handle, prepare and store foods to prevent an outbreak of non-communicable diseases.
Nwankwo said, “Nutritionists and food experts should team up with the environmental officials to monitor foods being sold at market places. We discover that some of the food vendors lack hygiene, especially as the environments where they are selling foods are always dirty.
“Government can also help by monitoring all the food vendors and give them the right information on how they can maintain clean hygiene with their food.” She also advised Nigerians on the need to visit certified nutritionists for checkups at least twice a year to prevent any form of disease.
“Nutritionists will educate an individual on the healthy foods he or she can eat; people should know that eating good food can guarantee a healthy and better future for them,” Nwankwo said.
Also, the National Publicity Secretary, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Mr Olusola Malomo, said, “Our health action today determines our future; we have a lot of non-communicable diseases coming up such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and hyper cholesterol.
“All these diseases are food-related, which means they are either from improper diet or inappropriate portions of foods. Although, other factors can cause these diseases, such as genetic and lifestyles, we should know that diet plays a major role in some of the diseases.’’
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