Equipping Teachers to Deliver on the Healthy Kids mandate

Nestlé Nigeria has organized a workshop to introduce beneficiary teachers of its Healthy Kids Global Programme to innovative ways of delivering lessons on nutrition education.

The workshop provided useful insights and learning tools to the teachers who were drawn from Lagos City and Abeokuta.

According to Samuel Adenekan, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager of Nestlé Nigeria, the workshop was aimed at equipping the participants with knowledge about the new trends in nutrition education, enabling them to lead in empowering their pupils to observe good eating habits and engage in productive physical activities so as to improve their health.

The worldwide Nestlé initiative was launched in Nigeria in 2011 with the aim of improving the nutrition status of children aged 6-12 years through education and greater physical activities.

The project is backed by the Lagos and Ogun State Governments, and facilitated by the Centre for

Health Education, Population and Nutrition (CHEPON), a health-related outfit in that country.

The teachers were introduced to practical ways of delivering lessons on nutrition, health and wellness using food models. They were also taught how to use literary techniques such as poetry and songs in the classroom setting in order to enhance the pupils’ learning experience, making it fun for them.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Segun Odubela, commended Nestlé Nigeria Plc for its continued contribution to education in the country through the Healthy Kids Programme.

“This programme is a powerful tool for ensuring that children understand the value of nutrition, physical exercises and imbibe such values for healthy living throughout their lifetime.” Barrister Odubela acknowledged.

A lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Prince Folusho Onagoruwa, said regular physical exercises can help the process of digestion, promote the emission of waste products and the development of brain power.