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Nestlé South Africa and Department of Basic Education Partner to Encourage Healthy Kids

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12 October 2012, Hammanskraal, Tshwane: Nestlé South Africa and the Department of Basic Education (DBE), today officially handed over Nutrition Education Learning and Teaching Support Material (LTSM) to teachers in Nyorwe Primary School in Makapanstad, North West, to mark the launch of the Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme, a partnership between Nestlé South Africa and the DBE.
Commenting on the partnership and the Nutrition Education LTSM at the handover ceremony, Deputy Director General of the DBE, Ms Gugu Ndebele said: “This is not simply about curriculum on nutrition to learners, but also a lifestyle matter.  Therefore, further opportunities for knowledge sharing regarding healthy lifestyles should be found even outside of the curriculum. The partnership with Nestlé has been fostered specifically for the advancement of that agenda, to support and realise the DBE’s strategic goal of ensuring the health and wellness of learners.”
The Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme, which will be piloted in Gauteng and North West, aims to promote healthy lifestyles through initiatives on good nutrition targeted at school going children between six and 12, food handlers, teachers and parents. Teachers in Gauteng and North West will receive Nutrition Education LTSM to help them educate learners about good nutrition practices. Nestlé and the DBE will host workshops for the teachers to share best methods of teaching learners about good nutrition practices. The partnership also includes Nutrition Education days which have been hosted at the Johannesburg Zoo since July 2012 which include a theatre production encouraging children to eat a balanced diet and get active.
For Nestlé South Africa, this partnership is in line with the company’s Creating Shared Value business philosophy which states that for a business to be successful in the long term, it needs to create value for the communities where it operates.  “Education is a powerful tool to help children understand the value of nutrition and physical activity.  Through our partnership with the DBE, we have identified that educating school children about the benefits of good nutrition will pave the way towards achieving our goal of nourishing Southern Africa and help with building a healthy nation. As a company we believe in enhancing the quality of life of the people where we operate,” said Nestlé South Africa’s Spokesperson, Ravi Pillay.
The launch forms part of the annual National Nutrition Week celebrations. This year, the DBE has suitably chosen the theme: “I am high on life.  I eat, learn and play for health,” supporting Basic Education priority to enhance quality learning and teaching through improving and maintaining learners’ health and well-being.
“National Nutrition Week is not an event itself. Whilst Nutrition Education is an ongoing programme in the school curriculum, the National Nutrition Week is a heightened period for the Department to reinforce Nutrition Education and entrench in schools evolving knowledge about healthy nutrition,” Ndebele concluded.
Ravi Pillay
Spokesperson: Nestlé South Africa
011 514 6799 or 082 908 2580 or email [email protected]é.com