NIGERIA – Cadbury Nigeria has unveiled training of its stakeholders to build on its recently launched healthy lifestyle programme to promote healthy living among children and adults, reported the Guardian.

The project aims to inculcate healthy habits in children and in the long run improve the wellbeing of Nigerians.

In partnership with Helen Keller International (HKI), Cadbury will be focusing on nutrition and health by providing nutrition education, active play and fresh foods.

“Our partner, Helen Keller International, has so far trained 130 participants that cut across nutritionists, agriculturists and teachers in Lagos State, on the mechanics of the programme.

“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,” said the Director, Corporate and Government Affairs, Cadbury West Africa, Bala Yesufu.

He noted that the programme was a milestone for Cadbury Nigeria 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.

Cadbury Nigeria joined nine other countries including Argentina, Australia, Egypt, France, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine, United States, China and India.

They are part of Mondelēz International Foundation’s US$50 million multi-year initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and address obesity

The programme through joint partnerships, targets to reach an estimated 365,000 children and their families over the next three years.

Mondelez has already initiated such programmes in in Brazil, Germany, Mexico and South Africa.

With HKI, the company strives to build on its sustainability agenda by promoting knowledge, physical activity and access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

“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,” said Olukemi Adeyanju, the State Lead, Healthy Lifestyle Project, Helen Keller International.