As the worlds' largest Nutrition, Health and Wellness organization, with a 150-year long global nutrition heritage, Nestlé has nutrition knowledge to offer as part of our CSV initiatives. We believe that women can be truly empowered when they are healthy, thus enabling them to realize their full potential. Achieving better health and overall wellbeing requires a fundamental understanding of what constitutes good nutrition.
To address this issue, the Nestlé Healthy Women programme was introduced at universities in 2014 to raise awareness about how nutrition impacts young women and their next generation. For this endeavour, Nestlé Healthy Women has devised a campaign with multiple stages each with a reward for those who make it to the next stage. This programme includes Nutritional Awareness sessions, conventional quizzes, digital engagement, hands-on healthy cooking classes, poster presentations and engagement with the senior management at Nestlé. In addition, successful participants are offered an internship that encompasses extensive exposure to the organisation.
The program has reached out to more than 3000 young women in 11 universities nationwide. The programme aims to further expand to urban as well as rural areas to make progress on both women empowerment and improved nutrition outcomes.
Noor Fatima’s Story:
“Nestlé Healthy Women Programme has completely transformed my approach towards eating. After attending this seminar and participating in the follow up sessions, I truly understood the meaning of the phrase; you are what you eat.” says Noor Fatima. Noor Fatima is a student of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Kinnaird College Lahore. She participated earlier last year in the program.
According to her, each stage of the program was a unique learning experience on various aspects of a healthier lifestyle including nutrition, healthy eating habits and smart food choices. She learned about the importance of linking health to nutrition; a concept that she had previously studied but never implemented.
Noor won an internship through the Nestle Healthy Women Programme and explains “I was able to learn first-hand about Nestlé’s commitment to health and wellness for not just its consumers but also its employees. The internship at Nestlé was a rewarding experience during which I tremendously improved my interpersonal skills. I gained confidence and the ability to handle both extraordinary situations and routine tasks, which made me feel more responsible. I will always be thankful to Nestlé!”