April 17, 2024

Nestlé Prepares Children for a Healthier Future

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Winners and finalists of the N4HK quiz competition.

Nestlé Nigeria is helping children learn good nutrition habits for a healthier future
through the Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) program. 60 children across the 30
N4HK schools participated in the Nutrition Quiz Competition designed to help
them imbibe the new lifestyle habits they learned in-class.

L-R: Chiamaka Akanno, Senior Nutritionist, Federal Ministry of Health; Sarah Danladi, Head of Sports and Health, LEA Gwagwalada, FCT Universal Basic Education Board; Major Edith Nwachinemerem (Rtd), Chairman, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, FCT Chapter; Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria PLC; Mrs. Josephine Nwabiora, Deputy Director, Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education; Dr Florence Uchendu, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja.

Now in its fourth season, the Nutrition Quiz competition organized in collaboration
with the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, assesses the children’s knowledge on healthy
nutrition, healthy hydration and an active lifestyle while enhancing recall and
retention of in-class lessons under the Nestlé for Healthier Kids initiative.
Twenty schools from the three senatorial districts competed for the first prize in
Ogun State, with Sokoya Memorial Wesley School Sagamu, emerging the winner.
UBE Primary School Pasali, Abuja took home the first prize among the ten schools
from the six area councils who competed in the FCT.
The winners were rewarded with exciting prizes including sports gears for the
teams, computers and sporting equipment for their schools.
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria, Mrs.
Victoria Uwadoka said, “The Nutrition Quiz competition helps us to evaluate the
impact of the lessons on the children, as it deepens their retention of the in-class
lessons. As always, the performance of the children is impressive. I commend the
educators who teach them the lessons and help them to retain the lessons through
demonstrations and other fun exercises. I would also like to recognize the
contributions of our program partners including the Nutrition Society of Nigeria,
Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Health, FCT Universal Basic
Education Board (UBEB) and, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board
(SUBEB), for their continued commitment to raising a healthier generation.

Major Edith Nwachinemerem (Rtd), Chairman, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, FCT

Chapter, also commended the impact of N4HK, “The Nutrition Society of Nigeria

appreciates the partnership with Nestlé Nigeria to address the need for nutrition

education in early life. The Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) program helps to

establish a good foundation for healthy eating habits and provides nutritional

knowledge that a child can apply throughout life. I am delighted with the

performance of the children through the various stages of the competition and

applaud the winning schools for a job well done.”

The contestants and teachers of the winning schools expressed their excitement.

Khadijat Ibrahim represented Sokoya Memorial Wesley School Sagamu in the

Ogun State finals. She is a primary five pupil. “I am so excited at winning the first

position in this competition as I put a lot of effort into preparing for it. I want to

thank God, my parents and teachers. I am so happy that I have made them proud.

I really enjoyed the N4HK lessons, particularly on good nutrition and healthy

lifestyles”.

For Khadijat’s teacher, Ganiyat Odulele, winning the first prize was an ambition

achieved. “After last year’s competition, I determined that children from my

school, Sokoya Memorial, will come out tops this year. This win has made the

months of preparation for the competition worth it. The N4HK program has not

only been beneficial to the children but also to us the teachers. The annual

teachers training has equipped us with relevant healthy lifestyle information that

we also implement in our homes.”

Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) is a global flagship initiative which aims to help

50 million children globally, lead healthier lives by 2030 as the company continues

to make progress on its commitment to unlocking the power of food to enhance

quality of life for everyone today and for future generations.

The school-based program in Nigeria supports the company’s commitment by

raising awareness of the benefits of healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle. Over

8,000 primary five children in the beneficiary public schools are reached annually,

through the Nestlé for Healthier Kids program.

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