Basic Education, Nestlé SA partner to launch ‘healthier kids’ project

PRETORIA – The national department of basic education (DBE) on Tuesday, has partnered with Nestlé South Africa to launch the food and beverage company’s global initiative geared towards promoting the overall health and well-being of children, the “Nestlé for Healthier Kids” programme.

Neo Rakwena, director for the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) in the DBE explained the partnership with Nestlé, it will ensure that learners live and eat well and get the time to exercise.

She said, “One of the things we have done with Nestlé as a private business is to partner around nutrition education and that has been the thrust of our partnership. Basically, what entails that nutrition education is that we are able to target learners in schools, making sure that carry key messages on nutrition, having to promote nutrition knowledge, as well as making sure that they become physically active,”

“Today’s global launch takes this to another level where we want to make sure that we reach a wider audience. This is one of our plans this year, and we will be looking at obesity as a theme. One of the challenges we are having as a department, or rather as society, is that we have high levels of obesity.”

Monako Dibetle of Nestle South Africa added that the panel discussion held in Pretoria on Tuesday main goal was to promot healthier lifestyles in learners.

Dibetle said, “The panel discussion’s aim was to bring in everybody who has been working in the process of the Nestle for Healthy Kids programme. We were contributing to the broader discussion of nutrition in health and education.”

This project by Nestle has been a global initiative, “Nestlé for Healthier Kids”, launched on United Nations International Day of Families and aims to help 50 million children by 2030.

Through this initiative, Nestlé South Africa aims to reach over 50 percent of South African primary school learners by 2020.

The company has pledged by 2020 with WHO recommendations to reduce added sugars by five percent, decrease salt by 10 percent, and to complete the pledge taken in 2014, to reduce saturated fats by 10 percent in all relevant products that do not meet the criteria.

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