LADY Julia Osei Tutu, wife of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has urged the media to focus more on health issues, especially on nutrition and life styles.
She said the health of the people determined the health of a nation, with the media being vital stakeholders in promoting good and healthy livelihood.
She made the call in her presentation at the third “Lady Julia Osei Tutu Annual Nutrition Forum,” held here under the theme, “Moderation and exercise: Essential ingredients in maintaining a balanced and a healthy lifestyles”.
The event, which is supported by Coca-Cola Company Ghana Limited, attracted queens from the various communities in the region, and was aimed at educating Ghanaians on nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
Lady Julia observed that as a result of the pursuit of economic gains, “we have made and continue to make poor nutritional choices in order to save time,” citing obesity as a result of bad eating habits.
“Undoubtedly, the effects of obesity on the populace have placed a huge toll on the nation’s health physically and economically,” she stressed.
She was worried that urbanization and westernization and sedentary life styles had taken hold, with some Ghanaians over-relying on foods that had questionable nutritional values, in the interest of saving time to prepare nutritional meals.
“The cornerstone of good nutrition is good health and long life, but regrettably poor nutrition choices are the norm among most Ghanaian diets today,” she observed.
She, therefore, advised Ghanaians to patronize local food because of the high nutritional value, adding that foreign products lacked the appropriate nutritional properties.
Lady Julia, who is also the Chief Executive of Serwaa Ampem Charity Foundation For Children, urged Ghanaians to exercise regularly.
From Godwin Ofosu-Acheampong, Kumasi