Here is where I share my thoughts, ideas and opinions about the world of nutrition, food and health. I hope you find good sense, helpful guidance and inspiration to eat great healthy food that makes you feel good.

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09 Aug 2015

Healthy Active Kids Program

Posted by Nicole Senior on Sunday, August 09, 2015

Have you heard of the Healthy Active Kids Program? It's a free web-based education program for children to teach them about healthy eating and active living.  It was designed in collaboration with teachers to offer a grab-and-go teaching resource for schools. Apparently, schools, teachers, and kids all like using the materials and enjoy learning about this important subject. And there are materials for parents to teach kids at home as well including recipes and vegetable gardening tips, and a kids corner with games, videos and advice about how to pack a healthy balanced lunchbox and what a balanced meals looks like on the plate.
The surprising thing is who is behind this program; Nestle. Yep, a huge company that makes familiar brands such as Milo, Maggi noodles and Uncle Toby's cereals. Right now you're probably thinking the program is full of advertising for these brands but the entire program is totally unbranded. There are no Nestle brand or product mentions at all. The company says it is doing it because they want to contribute to the health and well being of children. While there is often criticism of 'big food', this company needs to be acknowledged for their significant investment and commitment to teaching kids about healthy living.

So if you or your child's school want to get in on some great nutrition education resources, check out the website 

Disclosure: Nicole attended a briefing on this program organised by Nestle in Canberra, and her travel and accommodation was paid for by them.

Image: home page of Healthy Active Kids website