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Nestlé Healthy Kids visits the West Rand

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On 19 April 2018, Nestlé South Africa hosted over 400 learners at Phatudi Primary School, in Munsieville, as part of the Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme, focusing on nutrition education, food preparation and physical education. 

Grade 3 and 4 pupils took part in kitchen workshops led by a trained chef from Nestlé Professional. The learners were taught about different food groups and the benefits of eating healthy, planting a food garden and also the importance of food portion control. In addition, the learners will participate in multiple sporting codes – including, soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball, hoola hoop, skipping rope, and boot-camp exercises. 

Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme is designed for learners between the ages of 6-12 years old and focuses on teaching children about the importance of good nutrition, drinking water, taking part in physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.

South Africa is reported to be currently experiencing a sharp increase in overweight and obese children, and adolescents. This has led to the explosion of non-communicable diseases related to poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles. 

“Nestlé South Africa spokesperson Monako Dibetle said the Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme aims to teach as many school-going children as possible about the importance of eating well for a healthier body and mind and drinking water as often as possible to stay hydrated.

“Our partnership with the Department of Basic Education has ensured that we bring this fun programme to learners and to assist them in developing good food choices from an early age. We also encourage children, through this programme, to take part in various physical activities and sports in order to lead a complete healthy lifestyle.”