Nestlé launches global initiative in Nigeria to promote quality of life
Nestlé Nigeria has restated its commitment towards enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future through the launch of its global initiative, “Nestle for Healthier Kids”.
The initiative, launched in Abuja to commemorate the International Day of Families, which includes further development of healthier products and advice for families on nutrition and exercise, aims at helping 50 million children globally to lead healthier lives, by 2030.
Supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Health, the programme is expected to commence in schools in Ogun State and some in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to carter for about 17,000 children and 350 teachers in its pilot stage.
Confirming Nestlé’s long-term commitment to helping children live healthier lives, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Nigeria, Mr. Mauricio Alarcon, said, “Since its foundation, Nestlé has been committed to helping parents and caregivers provide the right nutrition to their children. Nestlé for Healthier Kids is another addition to Nestlé Nigeria’s efforts towards fulfilling this commitment in line with our purpose to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.”
At the announcement of the global initiative, the Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé South Africa, Mark Schneider said, the company is accelerating the transformation of its food and beverage portfolio worldwide, as it provided 174 billion servings of fortified foods and beverages in 66 countries where people lack essential micro-nutrients such as iron, iodine and vitamin A in 2017.
Speaking on the role of the Federal Ministry of Education, Benedicta Okonkwo of the Department of Basic and Secondary School, who represented the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, as the ministry endorsed the initiative said, the ministry is particular about early child education, adding that the three Nestlé for Healthier Kids action pillars –Build, Share and Apply Nutrition Knowledge, align to the ministry’s objectives of total child education, which are commendable as ministry is solidly in support of the success of the program.
Also speaking, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was represented by Dr Chris Isokpunwu, Head of Nutrition, Federal Ministry of Health, said children would live a healthy life when they eat healthy, adding that the major problem in the country remains unhealthy lifestyle, which leads to obesity, hypertension among others.
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