Fresh Dairy on March 15 officially kicked off its Schools Program 2018 with over 350 primary schools taking part from Kampala, Wakiso and Entebbe districts.
The Fresh Dairy Schools Program, which is now running for the second year, is aimed at educating children on nutrition with an inclination towards the consumption of 1-Yoghurt-a-Day as a healthy and nutritious snack.
Speaking during the launch event held at Kalinabiri Primary School Ntinda, Caroline Muchobia – Health and Nutrition Manager Fresh Dairy said, “Poor nutrition compromises both the quality of life of school-aged children but also their potential to benefit from education.”
Muchobia added, “Attaining optimal nutrition involves eating three meals a day and two nutritious snacks, as well as limiting the intake of high sugar and high fat foods; consuming generous amounts of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy products, including three servings of milk, or yoghurt to meet their calcium requirement. Adequate nutrition of school aged children also ensures that they grow to their full potential, and provide the stepping stones to a healthy life.”
She further emphasized the need for intensified nutrition education targeting school going children and communities with emphasis on how to alleviate and prevent malnutrition in children.
According to Muchobia, one of the key priority areas at Fresh Dairy is Health and Nutrition.
She said that is done through: “Promoting healthy nutrition using educational programs and services for both parents and healthcare professionals as well as establishing common goals to measure improvement in dietary habits and improvement of short and long term health.”
It is also achieved through “Investing in scientific research in the field of nutrition, and working with healthcare professionals to develop innovative solutions to help improve the health of current and future generations”, according to Muchobia.
Marketing Manager Fresh Dairy, Vincent Omoth added that Fresh Dairy is once again running the school’s program in 2018 as a strategic intervention program that uses edutainment in form of an engaging interactive and fun show, theatre, song and dance to educate children on nutrition and the benefits of consuming 1-Yoghurt-a-Day.
“Through the Schools Program, Fresh Dairy aims to reach at least 280,000 primary school going children throughout the ongoing first term, a time during which free yoghurt will be given out to all students for sampling to further re-emphasize the 1-Yoghurt-a-Day nutrition message,” said Omoth.
“Yoghurt as one of the products we produce at Fresh Dairy is an ideal nutrition booster for children because it is a healthy and nutritious snack that is rich in Vitamin A, B, D, E, Calcium and Potassium.”
At the launch, the overall winner of the 2017 Fresh Dairy Schools Program, Kalinabiri Primary School – Ntinda received a prize of two water tanks worth six million shillings (Shs6,000,000).
The Mayor of Nakawa Division Kampala Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga, who was also the guest of honour, applauded Fresh Dairy for continuing with the Fresh Dairy Schools Program initiative and believes that educating primary school children, their parents and teachers about the benefits of nutrition will go a long way in curbing malnutrition among children in Uganda.
He also congratulated Kalinabiri Primary School – Ntinda, which is within his constituency on winning the 2017 Fresh Dairy Schools Program yoghurt cup collection.