Mr Aaron Fenu, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager of Nestlé Ghana, has reiterated the need for children to eat right and exercise daily.
He said it is very important for children to take keen interest in their wellbeing.
“To remain mentally and socially active, we must constantly exercise and eat balanced meals. Nestle as the leading nutrition, health and wellness company; creating nutrition awareness is a key component to help develop the leaders for today and tomorrow. The basis of a creative and dynamic brain is physical fitness and healthy living. Let us preserve our health today than struggle to control it in future,” he said.
Mr Fenu said this at a programme in Afram Plains to introduce Nestlé’s Healthy Kids Global Programme to schools in the Kwahu South District over the weekend.
The programme which is being implemented in partnership with Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Nutrition and Food Science Department, University of Ghana has been piloted in Agona East and Juaboso Districts and is being scaled up in the Adansi South and North, Savelugu Nanton Districts and the Afram Plains.
Mr Fenu explained that the programme has covered close to 2000 pupils in the Kwahu North (Afram Plains) District to help improve nutrition, education, dietary and sanitary practices in the schools.
He said there were problems of nutritional imbalances in many schools, which could have serious implication for the growth and performance of pupils.
Mr Fenu urged Ghanaians to take greater role in appreciating the nutritional essence in the making of a productive nation.
He noted that since the launch of the programme in 2011, it has reached more than 10000 pupils including the University of Ghana Basic School as the model school in Ghana.
Mr Gabriel Adu, District Director of GES, Kwahu North urged the teachers to actively take part in implementing the programme to address the nutritional challenges of the community.
He expressed appreciation to Nestlé for leading the initiative.
Prior to the scale up in the Afram Plains, Teachers, Physical Exercise Coordinators, Safety and Health Education Programme Coordinators from the Districts were trained on Nutrition education and new methodologies of making physical activity and nutrition education interactive and fun for the children.
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