In recognising the need for nutritional intervention to promote and nurture healthy behaviours in school-aged children, Nestlé Jamaica launched Nestlé Healthy Kids, which is a global Nestlé programme. Launched at Seaview Primary in 2011 Nestlé Healthy Kids has since expanded to ten (10) schools. The programme includes annual nutrition education training for teachers, nutrition education for children via workbooks, nutrition presentations at Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings, support to school wellness clubs and monitoring and evaluation to assess nutrition knowledge, physical behaviour and BMI status of the children.
In October, Nestlé Healthy Kids partnered with the Jamaica Badminton Association to strengthen the physical activity component of our programme. The partnership includes part-sponsoring ‘Shuttle Time’ trainings and the Prep-Primary Badminton Championships.‘Shuttle Time’ provides teachers and coaches with training to plan and deliver safe and fun badminton lessons within their schools and facilitates the promotion of healthy habits by providing an avenue for children to reap the health benefits of regular physical activity.
Annalee Gray, Nutritionist at Nestlé Jamaica presents her company’s sponsorship cheque to David Thomas (second left), president of the Jamaica Badminton Association, at the launch of the Nestle Healthy Kids Prep/Primary Schools Badminton Championships at the Sports Development Foundation Office. At right is Howard Ranger, technical director of the JBA, while at left is Antonio Bell, a council member of the JBA.
The Nestlé Healthy Kids Prep and Primary Schools Badminton Championships was launched at the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and then took place on February 6th at the Young Men’s Christian Association. The championships features events for boys and girls in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in age groups 11 and under, and 13 and under.