It has always been a struggle for parents and school-age children to live a healthy lifestyle. With the busy schedule, most parents opt to just buy fast food or ready-to-eat canned goods for their kids. However, this practice—though admittedly easy—adds to the unhealthy lifestyle that the kids will bring with them as they age.
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Luckily, Nestle Philippines, together with the Department of Education, initiated a program in 2013 called the Nestle Wellness Campus program. This initiative aims to educate public school students on the importance of proper nutrition and healthy habits through different activities incorporated into the Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health (MAPEH) curriculum. The program also includes the students’ parents in its nutrition education to assist them in crafting healthier meals for their children.
Its seventh year of implementation resulted in a 15% increase in nutrition knowledge of students from 13,000 schools nationwide. “Our dream is to encourage more and more Filipino children and their families to lead happier and healthier lives through proper nutrition,” says Nestle Corporate Affairs Director Ernie Mascenon.
Indeed, the program has done its part as students presented improved nutrition behavior by choosing to eat healthier food and increasing daily water intake. Parents have also said they have been preparing healthier baon for their children after learning of the importance of proper nutrition.
The Nestle Wellness Campus program is a program under the Nestle for Healthier Kids (N4HK) initiative which aims to help 50 million children across the globe lead healthier lives by 2030.