Nestlé for Healthier Kids-South Africa

Formerly known as Nestlé Healthy Kids was launched in 2012. The programme was relaunched in 2018 in partnership between Nestlé ESAR and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) giving birth to Nestlé for Healthier Kids. This programme is aligned to Nestlé s ambition , which is to be recognized as the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company and the DBE ‘s vision which is to create healthy school communities.



The aim of the programme is to educate children between 6 – 12 years on healthier lifestyles and to combat malnutrition and obesity by encouraging them to :
  • Eat nutritious and diverse meals
  • Manage portions
  • Choose water
  • Play and be active
  • Maintain good hygiene habits


Promote the implementing of “food gardens” to help parents to offer their families a more varied healthy diet. These gardens have assisted children to understand and value the importance of a nutritious meal as they are involved in the “food gardens”

Educate teachers, food handlers and parents on the importance of healthy eating habits and regular exercise for children Continue building program awareness by showing local actions Nestle is taking to help parents raise healthier kids (product, services).


  • Assessment of community needs
  • Focus on nutrition and physical activity, translated into five global goals
  • Long-term relationship with partners
  • Clear and transparent implementation process: objectives, monitoring, content
  • External review of local programmes
  • Minimum intensity, recommended four to six contact points per year
  • Protection of children’s data
  • Corporate programme, no relation products brands
  • Commitment to sustainable programmes
  • Annual evaluation with external experts