Nestlé Ghana launches Healthy Kids Global Programme

Nov 4, 2011

Nestlé Ghana launched the Nestlé Healthy Kids Global Programme.  This global programme is part of Nestlé initiatives in Creating Shared Value.  The Healthy Kids Global programme underscores Nestlé’s belief that for an organization to be successful over time and create value for shareholders, it must also create value for the communities in which it operates.  This is what we call “Creating Shared Value (CSV)”.

The programme was launched by the Honourable Elizabeth Amoah Tetteh, Deputy Minister of Education, Pre-Tertiary; Moataz El Hout, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Limited; Bineta Mbacke, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Central and West Africa Ltd; Mr. Charles Aheto Tsegah, Deputy Director-General of Education in charge of Quality and Access; and Dr. Gloria Otoo, Lecturer at the Nutrition and Food Science Department, University of Ghana. 

From left to right: Moataz El Hout, Bineta Mbacke, Mr. Charles Aheto Tsegah, Honourable Elizabeth Amoah Tetteh, Dr. Gloria Otoo.

In her Speech, the Deputy Minister of Education emphasized the importance of nutrition education for children in schools and stated that “adequate nutrition, physical exercises and adequate rest has been seen as the three prong approach to good health and optimum growth”.

Moataz El Hout, the Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Limited, added that “education is the single most powerful tool for ensuring that children understand the value of good nutrition and physical activity, to their health throughout the course of their lives”.

Nestlé intends to implement the Healthy Kids Programme in all countries where it operates directly. 

In Ghana, Nestlé Healthy Kids is being piloted in cocoa growing communities.  Primary 1 to 6 (6-12 years old) pupils will be the focus for the programme. The stakeholders of the programme are the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service and the Nutrition and Food Science Department, University of Ghana, Legon.

The pilot programme will begin in the two districts in the Central and Western Regions as listed below:

Central Region – AGONA EAST DISTRICT
OFOASE “ADA” PRIMARY SCHOOL (NSABA CIRCUIT);
DUABONE R/C PRIMARY SCHOOL (DUNKWA CIRCUIT);
ASAFO ADA PRIMARY “B” (ASAFO CIRCUIT);
KENYANKOR CATHOLIC PRIMARY (KWANYAAKO CIRCUIT); and
OTWEKROM “ADA” PRIMARY (MANKRONG CIRCUIT).

Western Region – JUABOSO DISTRICT
JUABOSO D.C PRIMARY (JUABOSO);
AMOAYA ANGLICAN PRIMARY (AMOAYA);
KANKYIABO PRIMARY (BODI);
ASEMPANEYE ANGLICAN PRIMARY (ASEMPANEYE); and
DATANO D.C. PRIMARY (JUABOSO).
 
Nestlé believes that improving the nutrition, health and wellness of children by promoting nutrition education, balanced diet and greater physical activity remain a non-negotiable priority.