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Nestlé Vietnam launches Nestlé for Healthier Kids in 2019-2020

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Nestlé Vietnam launches Nestlé for Healthier Kids in 2019-2020

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Special program for primary students to improve nutrition knowledge and strengthen physical activity underway in school-year 2019-2020.

by Ngoc Lan

Nestlé Vietnam kicked off Nestlé for Healthier Kids in the 2019-2020 school-year, a special program for primary students to improve nutrition knowledge and strengthen physical activity, on November 16 at the Tong Phan Primary School in northern Hung Yen province.

The program involves more than 300 students from five provincial primary schools and features a range of activities such as learning about adequate nutrition and enhancing physical activity, with “Posters Promoting Reasonable Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles”.

Within the framework of program, participants have the chance to visit computer labs, where teachers and students take specific nutrition classes that comprise interesting lectures, updated information, and playful games.

They can also have a look at a nutritional vegetable garden model - an initiative piloted at Tong Phan Primary School with support from the Vietnam Agriculture Academy that enables teachers and students to proactively access nutrition information through the cultivation and harvesting of clean, highly nutritious food.

Dr. Ta Ngoc Tri, Deputy Director of the Primary Education Department at the Ministry of Education and Training said that Nestlé for Healthier Kids has helped students gain knowledge about proper nutrition and be able to identify healthy daily foods. “Children will have a sense of caring about themselves and their families,” Dr. Tri added. “This will be the foundation for them to possess nutrition knowledge for happier and healthier lives.”

Mr. Truong Dinh Bac, Deputy Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine, said that the introduction of a model that promotes good nutrition education and physical activity in children via a website is essential and beneficial. “This enables students, teachers, and school health staff to access necessary information on nutrition and physical activity and conveniently use advanced technology, helping to encourage behavioral changes that bring about more health benefits to students,” he noted.

Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Yen, Sales Manager in the Northern region at Nestlé Vietnam, believes that through practical initiatives that are implemented across the globe, including Vietnam, Nestlé for Healthier Kids has been supporting teachers, students, and caregivers by helping them access necessary nutritional knowledge and physical activities so that millions of Vietnamese children will lead healthier lives.

Nestlé for Healthier Kids was first launched in Vietnam in 2012 by the National Institute of Nutrition at the Ministry of Health before expanding in 2017 to many cities and provinces nationwide in cooperation with the Department of Primary Education at the Ministry of Education and Training and the Department of Prevention Medicine at the Ministry of Health.

The program aims to improve the nutritional status and physical stature of Vietnamese children. After seven years of implementation, as at October the program had accessed more than 30,000 students at 61 primary schools in nine localities around the country and is set to continue in upcoming years to achieve Nestlé’s ambition of helping 50 million children lead healthier lives.

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