Ibadan, 16th October, 2015:  Emphasising its continued commitment to promoting a culture of wellness practices and preventive healthcare among its consumers, Coca-Cola Nigeria has sponsored the 2015 Annual Health Symposium/World Food Day, organized by the Association of Nutrition Science Students (ANSS), University of Ibadan, which had over 300 Nutrition students and experts in attendance.

While welcoming attendees to the symposium which was tagged, ‘Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty: The Role of Nutrition’,   the President, Association of Nutrition Science Students (ANSS) University of Ibadan, Vincent Okafor, called on organisations and institutions involved in food and nutrition programs to connect with other stakeholders in order to address the food security challenges in the country.

Okafor noted that rural areas had significant roles to play in the economic and social development of nations especially developing ones, since over 70 percent of the world’s poor people live in rural areas.

On his part, Community Affairs Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Emeka Mba expressed the commitment of the beverage giant towards promoting the long-term wellness of the community in which they operate in.

According to Mba, “The health and wellbeing of the community in which we operate in is very critical towards ensuring business prosperity. In about 115 countries in which we operate in, the Coca-Cola Company promotes nutritional and educational activities in these countries, which is inclusive of University of Ibadan’s Association of Nutrition Science Students. ’’

In her keynote presentation on Physical activity and Health, the Consultant Public Health, Physician and Senior Lecturer, Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Dr. Oluwakemi Odukoya explained that, “Physical activity includes exercise as well as other activities which involve bodily movement and are done as part of playing, working, active transportation, house chores and recreational activities.”

Dr. Odukoya advised attendees to ensure they get, “at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week to strengthen and keep their hearts healthy.”

The members of the ANSS commended Coca-Cola Nigeria for its relentless support towards promoting health and wellness and the student body also presented the beverage giant an Award for Excellence. 

The symposium also offered nutrition experts an avenue to discuss different issues relating to general healthy living and wellness. 

 

=Ends=

 

About Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited

Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, an active citizen of the community and one of the most respected companies in Nigeria, is a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.  Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio includes 20 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Vitamin Water, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks.

Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.9 billion servings a day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 System associates.