Nestle Healthy Kids Programme
Nestlé serves up Art on a Plate to celebrate International Chefs Day
Nestlé Healthy Kids is a global programme, aiming to raise nutrition and health knowledge and promote physical activity among school-going children (6-12 years old), food handlers, teachers and parents. Key to this programme is the promotion of healthy eating habits, the understanding of a balanced diet, and the importance of physical activity as part of a child’s daily routine.
Healthy Kids programmes are based on multi-partnership approaches. Nestlé works with more than 250 partners worldwide, including national and local governments, NGOs, nutrition health institutes and sport federations.
In South Africa, Nestlé has partnered with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and is committed to supporting the DBE’s efforts on promoting health and wellbeing by following the DBE’s Life Skills Curriculum, which focuses primarily on nutrition and physical activity.
Nestlé Professional and Nestlé Healthy Kids are once again joining forces with the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) to celebrate International Chefs Day and to promote healthy eating to children.
As part of the Nestlé Healthy Kids Global Programme, children from 84 countries around the world will take part in cookery workshops led by chefs from Nestlé Professional.
The theme for this year’s International Chef’s Day is Art on a Plate, which will be used to raise awareness in children about healthy eating by letting them be creative with food.
With the help of chefs from Nestlé Professional, children will turn healthy recipes into edible ‘Art on a Plate’ that will be fun to make and healthy to eat.
A study produced by Nestlé Research Centre found that involving children in preparing and cooking meals helps to encourage good eating habits early on.
Encouraging children to be creative with vegetables and fruits is a great way for them to discover new foods.
The Nestlé Healthy Kids Global Programme forms part of our commitment to promote children’s nutrition, health and wellbeing. The programme is delivered in 84 countries with the support of more than 300 partners.
Activities such as the cookery workshops aim to raise children’s awareness and understanding of the importance of healthy eating and taking part in physical activity.
To promote healthy eating and a balanced diet beyond the workshops, children taking part will receive recipe cards to take home and keep so that they can prepare meals with their families.