“OUR partner, Helen Keller International (HKI) has so far trained 130 participants that cut across nutritionists, agriculturists and teachers in Lagos State, to drive its ongoing community partnership project – Healthy Lifestyle among Nigerian children and adults.”
Bala Yesufu, the Director, Corporate and Government Affairs, Cadbury West Africa, disclosed this in a statement. He explained that the training is in phases and “we will eventually teach nearly 6,000 children and families in nine schools in Lagos, the importance of proper nutrition, physical activity and gardening through in-school and after-school activities. We are embarking on this project in Nigeria to inculcate healthy habits in children from an early age. We are happy to partner with HKI in this initiative that will help improve the well-being of Nigerians.”
Yesufu described the project as a milestone for Cadbury Nigeria Plc because it is the first-ever Mondelez International Foundation-funded effort in the country, while noting that it would further complement the Company’s existing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
According to him, Cadbury Nigeria joined nine other countries in the Mondelez International family in the initiative that involves a $50million multi-year commitment to promote healthy lifestyles and address obesity.
Responses from Trainer, Participants.
Speaking in the same vein, the State Lead, Healthy Lifestyle Project, Helen Keller International, Olukemi Adeyanju said: “When it comes to preventing malnutrition, we are not afraid to get our hands dirty. We are doing this in Lagos State through the Healthy Lifestyle Project in public primary schools to provide nutrition education, physical exercise through active play, and cultivate gardens for a quality diverse diet.”
One of the participants in the programme, the School Manager, Agidingbi Primary School, Mrs. Olufunke Anjorin, added: “the training is an eye-opener; we are now equipped with appropriate information and skill to grow food in small space, and agronomic practices for better farm yield.”
Similarly, another participant, the Agriculture Desk Officer, Ojodu Local Council Development Area, Mr. Olowokere Emmanuel, said: “this is an educative programme that has been able to establish synergy between nutrition and agriculture. It would build the interest of children in agriculture; and also contribute to food security in Nigeria.”