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HRH Princess Haya Initiative for the Development of Health, Physical Education and School Sports, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Education Zone & Nestlé Middle-East holds healthy carnival for school children.

Posted Wed 12 Dec 2012 01:55:56 pm in News, Healthcare | By Dubib.com News Desk


United Arab Emirates, Dubai, December 12, 2012: More than 250 students, across ten schools in the Emirate of Dubai, took part in the healthy nutrition carnival.

The joint initiative was held in cooperation with HRH Princess Haya Initiative for the Development of Health, Physical Education and School Sports, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Education Zone & Nestlé Middle East,  to celebrate the completion of the 1st phase of the healthy nutrition program, known as ‘Ajyal Salima’, which took place across these ten schools.

The program will reach out to students and academicians in 29 government schools in Dubai- 13 boys’ and 16 girls’ schools over the next two years. In the next, teachers will receive training so that they can later roll out the educational program in class rooms known as Nestlé Healthy Kids.

Of the 29 schools, the ten schools who have received educational information on healthy eating through a series of road shows and fun events, took part in the carnival.

Ten tents were set up and each school utilized their creativity to display their interpretation of what constitutes a healthy diet. Schools displayed information of what constitutes a healthy meal, importance of eating fruits and vegetables, importance of physical activity etc.


Students from each school, took to stage and through song, dance, skit and other forms of entertainment, highlighted the importance of healthy eating.

Laila Al Jassmi, CEO of Health Policy and Strategy Sector at the DHA said: “ Health education for school children is an important part of our public health strategy to ensure we have a healthier future for our children. The Dubai Household Health Survey conducted by the DHA shows that almost 60 per cent of the population does not have sufficient fruits and vegetables to remain healthy and only 19 per cent exercise to remain healthy. We do not want our youth following this pattern and thus health awareness and advocacy among school children is an important part of our strategy.

Dr. Fathia Hatim Al Mazmi, Head of Health Promotion Section, Public Health and Safety Department within the Health Policy and Strategy Sector at the DHA said: “ The idea behind this initiative was to work with all relevant stakeholders and teach children in a fun and entertaining manner. Such an initiative where children learn in an interactive and fun environment is central to ensure they will inculcate healthy eating habits into adulthood.”

Ahmad Abdul-Rahman, Project Manger of Princess Haya Initiative fro the Development of Health & Physical Education at Dubai Education Zone said:  “We are very pleased to partner with DHA & Nestle to implement "Ajyal Salima" program across public schools in Dubai.  The program is in line with the HRH Princess Haya Initiative’s objectives of improving nutrition education and promoting active lifestyles among children. The program provides schools with well written lesson plans and easy to use educational resources to enhance the learning process of children.”  

Rainer Mueller, Communications Director – Nestlé Middle East: We truly believe that educating children and inculcating healthy eating habits in them today will empower them to cultivate healthy lifestyles into adulthood tomorrow. The upcoming “Ajyal Salima” classroom program  will reach out to children through engaging, interactive and innovative activities that make the benefits of healthy nutrition more meaningful to their young, receptive minds. Through  this long term partnership, we do hope to contribute to fostering healthier generations in our region.”

The program was attended by more than 250 children and at the end of the program the DHA felicitated all the children by presenting them with a trophy for their participation.

 

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