CPC celebrates World Heart Day

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The Cocoa Processing Company Limited (CPC) marked World Heart Day to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death globally with a public forum in Tema.

CPC therefore took the opportunity to encourage the consumption of cocoa products in Ghana.

September 29 is commemorated as World Heart Day instituted by the World Heart Federation.

The federation seeks to harness the power of digital health to improve awareness, prevention and management of CVD globally for World Heart Day 2021.

Nana Agyemang Ansong, chief marketing officer of CPC, said cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in the world, causing 18.6 million deaths per year.

It has many causes: from smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, to air pollution and less common conditions such as Chagas disease and heart amyloidosis.

Nana Ansong said the day should be used to mobilize people to take action to prevent and control cardiovascular disease, as medical experts believe 80% of premature deaths are due to heart disease and stroke, this could be avoided by controlling the risk factors. like smoking, unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle.

The CPC Marketing Manager noted that World Heart Day provides an opportunity for individuals, families, communities and governments around the world to unite in the fight against CVD and embrace a change of fashion. life to prevent and minimize the incidence.

He said that as global producers of premium and high quality cocoa and Golden Tree chocolate confectionery products, CPC has a great responsibility to support the important campaign by providing the health benefits that the found in the consumption of cocoa products.

Nana Ansong said one of the ways to prevent heart disease is through healthy eating and “CPC is in a position to do that in the product it offers to its consumers, all with the goal of helping to reduce 25 % global mortality from noncommunicable diseases. % by 2025, set by the World Health Organization ”.

Dr Edward Amporful, Chief Pharmacist at the Cocoa Clinic in Accra; and Dr Florence Akomea of ​​the National Cardiovascular Center, took turns educating the public about heart health in general and urged them to include cocoa products in their diets to improve their health.

Dr Amporful said cocoa provides energy and does not gain weight, it contains carbohydrates, protein, fat, minerals, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium and it serves medicinal purposes for the body.

Dr Akomea said cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death and illness in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa, according to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization.

CPC was established in 1965 and incorporated as a limited liability company on November 30, 1981 and listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange on February 14, 2003.

The company has three factories: two cocoa factories and a confectionery factory. It transforms raw cocoa beans into semi-finished products – cocoa liquor, butter, natural / alkalized cake or powder.

The Confectionery Factory manufactures Golden Tree chocolate bars, couverture, Chocolate Coated Peanut (Pebbles), VITACO and ALLTIME Drinking Chocolate Powder, Choco Delight (Spread), Choco Bake and Royale Natural Cocoa Powder.

CPC factories only process premium Ghanaian cocoa beans, without any blending, possibly the only factory in the world that can make such a claim.

Through intensive research and product development, CPC produces products that meet international quality standards and consumer satisfaction.

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