Noncommunicable diseases are responsible for 100,000 deaths in Uganda every year according to the World Health Organisation.
This is 35% of the total number of deaths in Uganda every year.
It’s against this background that Uganda finally got its first ever Vegan Festival as a player towards the Ministry of Health’s main objective of; ‘Focusing on prevention through creating awareness of the risk factors and advising people to adjust their lifestyles’.
Organised by Brand ambassadors 256, the Festival was Sunday hosted at Kabira Country Club, where hundreds of revellers had an opportunity of tasting different vegan meals like barbecues, burgers, Paratha, roasted pumpkins, juices and cocktails.
They also learnt about various vegan lifestyles in addition to a deserving entertainment from Tonix, Grenade and other artistes.
According to Innocent Nabaasa, the brain behind the Vegan Festival, the idea of the festival was inspired by her concern for healthy eating habits which many take for granted, putting life at stake.
“This (Vegan) lifestyle is aimed at not only a healthy lifestyle but compassion towards the animals we eat, and protection of the environment.”
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose and promoting a more healthier life style.
According to health experts, a vegan diet can help to prolong life, reduce the risk of various diseases, and support exercise levels.