Nutrition is key to ensure a child’s healthy development. But as always, theory is one thing, practice is another. Encouraging kids to eat more veggies and fruits, ensuring their meals are as nutritious as possible and that their protein sources are diversified can be a tough challenge for parents and caregivers.
Nestlé for Healthier Kids in Pakistan
Pakistan is reported to have one of the highest levels of child malnutrition compared to other developing countries. A focus on quality of diet and nutrition awareness is extremely essential to prevent stunting, wasting and other forms of malnutrition.
Creating Nutrition Awareness through Comprehensive Curriculum
This was the impetus behind the launch of Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) Program in Pakistan in 2010. Nestlé for Healthier Kids is a comprehensive program which aims to raise nutrition and health knowledge and promote physical activity among school-age children. The program empowers parents, teachers, and caregivers to foster healthier eating, drinking and lifestyle habits among children.
N4HK’s curriculum is developed in collaboration with Oxford University Press. Our school-dedicated module follows train the trainer model through which the schoolteachers are empowered with educational tools and behavior change solutions to promote health lifestyles in the school environment. The Program is anchored in strong nutritional and behavioral science and aims to encourage the adoption of 7 healthier habits.
The program supports public health objectives and enables schools to improve nutrition knowledge and promote healthy habits among children by teaching the importance of balancing good nutrition and healthy hydration with an active lifestyle.
To date, the N4HK program in Pakistan has educated more than 320,000 children in rural, sub-urban and urban areas, and has trained over 1750 teachers on nutrition in 380 schools.
Collective Action with our Partners for a Wider Reach
N4HK is making a collective effort with its partners to help address and overcome the nutrition challenge to give children a happier and healthier future. The program has partnerships nationwide and covers schools across Punjab, the Federal Capital, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. The program works in collaboration with 10 educational partners from the development, private and public sector, including Care Foundation, Punjab Workers Welfare Fund (PWWF), Trust for Education and Development of Deserving Students (TEDDS) and Zindagi Trust to name a few.
Most recently, the program has expanded to Gilgit-Baltistan with the launch of a program in Skardu. N4HK also launched Sustainability Training for Kids in partnership with WWF-Pakistan to help teach the younger generation about a more sustainable approach to packaging and managing waste. The trainings are launched in a bid to instill responsible behavior and enable children to become better stewards of our planet.
Nestlé for Healthier Kids is making collective effort with its partners to help address and overcome the nutrition challenge to give the children a happier and healthier future. It is a nationwide program with presence in Punjab, Islamabad Capitol Territory, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and aspires to reach more areas.
What Our Partners Say…
Nestlé for Healthier Kids Program is part of our commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 of Good Health and Well-Being. We are continuously strengthening our efforts through various activities aimed at increasing nutritional knowledge and adopting healthier eating habits.
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