Assisting in children’s healthy nutrition
The Nestlé for Healthier Kids Programme (N4HK) recently partnered with the Mossel Bay Municipality to teach over 300 learners from St Luke’s Primary School about the benefits of healthy nutrition and physical activity.
The activities were officially opened by Mossel Bay mayor, Alderman Harry Levendal. He lauded Nestlé for being a good corporate citizen and for always being prepared to reach out to deserving beneficiaries in rural communities especially.
"Whenever we see the Nestlé brand we think of milk.
“Today's initiative proves that Nestlé is more concerned about the total wellbeing of beneficiaries than merely processing milk products."
St Luke’s Primary School learners took part in cooking and food preparation exercises conducted by a trained nutritionist, while some participated in a spectacular dance called SokaFit and various sporting codes including rugby, soccer, netball and basketball.
N4HK is presented in schools under the auspices of the global N4HK, which is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP). N4HK was officially launched in May 2018 at the DBE and it aims to teach primary school children about the importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity as part of a balanced lifestyle.
Through this collaboration the DBE aims to enhance the learning capacity of learners through the provision of a healthy meal at schools.
Where it is implemented, the programme has been shown to improve punctuality at school, regular school attendance, concentration and the general wellbeing of participating learners.
N4HK was launched globally on 15 May 2018 and aims to help 50 million children globally to lead healthier lives. This also includes the development of healthier products and advice for families on nutrition and exercise suitable for schoolgoing children.
As a company, Nestlé has been committed to helping parents and caregivers provide the right nutrition to their children.
In 2017 alone, the company launched more than 1 000 new products to meet the nutritional needs of children.
“At Nestlé, we believe that by helping the new generation of children to learn how to eat well, drink water and take part in physical activities, we are enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future,” says Nestlé public affairs manager Monako Dibetle.
Learners at St Luke’s Primary School in Brandwag were the fortunate beneficiaries of the Nestlé for Healthier Kids Programme (N4HK).
Mossel Bay executive mayor, Alderman Harry Levendal (wearing spectacles), lauded Nestlé for always being willing to assist rural communities. INSET: The learners took part in cooking and food preparation exercises conducted by a qualified nutritionist.