LAHORE (PR): Nestlé S.A. CEO Paul Bulcke recently inaugurated the Nestlé Healthy Kids (NHK) Room at a Harbanspura school being operated by Trust for Education and Development of Deserving Students (TEDDS).

The Nestlé CEO – during his short visit to Pakistan– also met the children who have been through the NHK Programme. During his visit to the school, Bulcke was accompanied by Nandu Nandkishore, Nestle S.A. Executive Vice President and head of Zone Asia, Oceania and Africa; Magdi Batato, the Nestlé Pakistan Managing Director; and members of the board of directors of TEDDS.

The NHK Room has been designed and funded by the company under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which it had signed with TEDDS in April. The MoU was part of the global NHK Programme under which Nestlé, the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness (NHW) Company, pledged to introduce healthy lifestyle lessons on all aspects of healthy eating, nutrition, and physical activity – to students aged 6 to 16 – through a curriculum-based initiative. Nestlé plans on replicating the design of the NHK Room in all other partner schools.

The company has also trained the school’s teachers about how to teach the curriculum specially developed for the programme. TEDDS, which has more than 5,000 children enrolled at its various campuses, has already taught the curriculum to one batch of its students over the summer.

Mr. Bulcke and Mr. Nandkishore asked the children questions about macro and micro-nutrients and talked about the importance of a healthy and balanced diet and physical activity.

Mr. Bulcke said about his visit to the school, “NHK is part of our commitment to develop knowledge leadership in children’s nutrition. A big part of that is our belief in nutritional education, which should start in school. We want to make the children mindful of the importance of eating right and engaging in physical activity. After meeting these children and based on the feedback from the school administration, I am heartened by the changes both the teachers and children have made in their lives after going through this programme.” 1

Mr. Muhammad Farooq Naseem, TEDDS President, said that the school was doing all that it could to encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity. “Now that the children know what nutrition and healthy foods are, we realize that the next step is to make sure that they do not forget about what they have learned.” The school conducts regular activities like Healthy School Lunch Competitions and Poster Competitions to motivate children to bring healthy, home-made lunch.