At Nestlé India, we believe that the food industry can play a vital role in order to enable healthier lives. Under the aegis of Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme, we focus to provide nutrition education to adolescents. Education is a powerful tool for ensuring that children understand the value of nutrition and physical activity and continue leading healthy lives as they grow older. Eating nutritious food and incorporating physical activities is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Therefore the Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme has been developed with a focus to raise nutrition, health and wellness awareness of school going children.
The Programme is rolled out through the Department of Home Science/Food Science in the Universities, which collect information on the nutritional status of the region and are also acquainted with local food habits. The content of the programme is developed in collaboration with the respective University partner and is customised for each region.
It is being conducted in partnership with regional Universities (Punjab Agriculture University in Ludhiana, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, National Dairy Research Institute in Karnal, College of Home Science, Goa University, University of Agriculture Sciences in Bangalore, and Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya in Palampur) around our factory locations.
Through this programme, the students learn about seasonal and local fruits, vegetables and cereals. They become aware of balanced eating practices. They are also made aware of the role of hygienic practices and daily exercise in relation to health. These students then serve as change agents by propagating healthy eating practices in their homes and neighbourhoods. Each student receives 12 hours of nutrition training conducted over six weeks.
The programme has benefitted over 59000 students till date.