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Nestlé’s Initiatives: Preparing Children for a Healthier Future

L-R: Chiamaka Akanno, Senior Nutritionist, Federal Ministry of Health; Sarah Danladi, Head of Sports and Health, LEA Gwagwalada, FCT Universal Basic Education Board; Major Edith Nwachinemerem (Rtd), Chairman, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, FCT Chapter; Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria PLC; Mrs. Josephine Nwabiora, Deputy Director, Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education; Dr Florence Uchendu, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja

In an effort to promote good nutrition habits among children and pave the way for a healthier future, Nestlé Nigeria has been actively involved in the Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) program. The initiative recently conducted its fourth-season Nutrition Quiz Competition, engaging 60 children from 30 N4HK schools. The competition aimed to reinforce the healthy lifestyle habits taught in classrooms and assess the children’s knowledge of nutrition, hydration, and active living.

In collaboration with the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Nestlé organized the quiz competition, which witnessed the participation of twenty schools from three senatorial districts in Ogun State, and ten schools from six area councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). After an intense competition, Sokoya Memorial Wesley School Sagamu emerged as the winner in Ogun State, while UBE Primary School Pasali, Abuja claimed the top prize in the FCT category.

The winning schools and their talented participants were rewarded with exciting prizes, including sports gear for the teams, computers, and sporting equipment for the schools. The event was an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate the dedication of educators who play a crucial role in teaching the children essential lessons and helping them retain the knowledge through engaging demonstrations and activities.

Mrs. Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager at Nestlé Nigeria, expressed her admiration for the impressive performance of the children and praised the commitment of program partners, including the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Health, FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), and Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), in promoting a healthier generation.

Major Edith Nwachinemerem (Rtd), Chairman of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, FCT Chapter, also lauded the impact of the N4HK program. She appreciated the partnership with Nestlé Nigeria, emphasizing how the initiative establishes a strong foundation for healthy eating habits and imparts valuable nutritional knowledge that children can apply throughout their lives.

Winners and finalists of the N4HK quiz competition

Winning contestant Khadijat Ibrahim from Sokoya Memorial Wesley School Sagamu shared her excitement and gratitude, stating that the N4HK lessons on good nutrition and healthy lifestyles were particularly enjoyable. Her teacher, Ganiyat Odulele, expressed satisfaction in achieving their ambition of winning the first prize and highlighted how the N4HK program had also benefited teachers with relevant healthy lifestyle information applicable in their own homes.

The Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) is a global flagship initiative with the mission of empowering 50 million children worldwide to lead healthier lives by 2030. The school-based program in Nigeria actively contributes to this commitment, reaching over 8,000 primary five children annually with vital lessons on healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle.

Nestlé Nigeria continues to make strides in its dedication to harnessing the power of food to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. Through the N4HK program, the company is playing a vital role in shaping a healthier and more nourished generation.

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