Nestlé Healthy Kids (NHK) programme is a global initiative by the company which aims to enhance knowledge about nutrition and health among school going children, promote physical activity and highlight the importance of hygiene.
Keeping in view the added burden of malnutrition among the children in Pakistan, ‘Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme’ was developed by Nestlé Pakistan and kicked off in the local market in 2010. Nestlé Healthy Kids is now a nationwide programme with new partners in the Federal Capital, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. Nestlé Pakistan is now collaborating with 10 partners on this project. The programme has reached out to more than 100,000 children and trained 427 teachers so far. The training of mothers and teachers is also a continuous activity in the programme. The curriculum consists of two books (in both English and Urdu) and targets different age groups, from 6 to 16. The programme is available online at www.nestlehealthykids.pk
Like all responsible mothers, Rubina Begum thought she knew everything there was to know about healthy food. She realised that the NHK Programme is changing their lives for the better when Seher started taking breakfast regularly, which she used to skip and demanded fruits and vegetables to be part of her diet.
Learning the importance of Regular Meals
“Regular breakfast not only keeps me energetic and fresh through the day but also keeps me motivated and increases my concentration through the lectures.” says Seher Mushtaq. She says she has become well aware of the importance of breakfast through the NHK programme at her school, The Trust School in Aamir Town, Lahore. She has not only adopted healthy habits herself but has also started educating her family about nutritional requirements and the importance of healthy diet and physical activity.
“I help my Mom out in the kitchen almost every day for dinner now because l want to teach her what I learn about healthy and nutritious food in school and I want my family to eat healthy.” explained Seher.
“Seher has made positive changes to her eating habits, consuming less salt, sugar and oils, and eating a greater variety of vegetables and fruits which were merely part of her diet before.” says Robina Begum who admits that she herself has learnt a lot while Seher was participating in various activities and school projects for the programme.