The Tema Regional Manager of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mrs. Gifty Kwansa, has advised school children to refrain from experimenting with hard drugs, alcohol and indiscriminate sex, during Valentine Days.
Instead they should express their love more healthily and meaningfully, by sharing chocolates and other cocoa products.
Mrs. Kwansa was speaking in Tema last Tuesday at the programme to mark this year,s Chocolate Day, organised by the GTA and the Cocoa Processing Company (CPC), for 400 school children at the Manhean Methodist Primary School, on the theme: “Chocolate; A healthy expression of love”.
The national Chocolate Day which is in its sixth year, was introduced to celebrate Ghana chocolate, alongside Valentine’s Day, to promote its consumption as well as the consumption of other cocoa products, for their natural goodness and health benefits.
The Marketing Manager of CPC, Ms Genevieve Pawar, extolled the numerous benefits of cocoa and explained that cocoa contains such important minerals as calcium, iron and magnesium, which help build strong teeth and bones as well as antioxidants which protect the body against certain cancers.
She hinted that the company plans introducing the consumption of cocoa products as part of the national school feeding programme, to ensure good health, among school children.
The Public Relations Manager of CPC, Mr. Ekwow Rhule, said the introduction of chocolate day had helped to create more awareness about the nutritional values of cocoa and also improved local consumption of cocoa products, considerably.
Caption: Mrs. Kwansa (right) and Ms. Pawar, distributing chocolate to the school children.