When Mohammad Iqbal and Zeenat Bibi first learned about the Nestlé Healthy Kids’ Program at the Care Foundation School, in Sheikhupura District, they weren't sure how it would help them or what it would teach them and their children. Like all responsible parents, they thought they knew everything there was to know about eating three meals a day. It was only when their four kids – Taimoor, Mishal, Hassan and Naimal– altered their eating habits and started educating Iqbal and Zeenat about the importance of a healthy diet that they realized the Nestlé Healthy Kids Program was changing their lives for the better.
For Taimoor, the most important thing the siblings learned during the course of the programme was about their nutritional requirements. In addition, the four of them received books that told them why it was essential to eat balanced meals and what constitutes such meals. “My siblings and I, we help Amma out in the kitchen every day now because we can teach her what we learn about healthy and nutritious food in school,” explained Taimoor.
"I am careful about what goes in the food I prepare because I want the meal to be nutritious," says Zeenat Bibi, who has no shame in admitting that she learnt a lot while her children were working on school projects for the programme. Thanks to the children’s participation in the Nestlé Healthy Kids Program, the family is now mindful of their meals and prefers hot, fresh and thoroughly cooked food instead of cold, stale and over or under cooked meals.
Zeenat was so intrigued by what her children taught her that when the program was extended to include mothers and teachers, she became a part of it.