Fresh Dairy has trained over 200 teachers from over 350 primary schools across Kampala, Mukono and Entebbe on better health and nutrition practices for children.
The one-day workshop held on 16th March 2018 is part of the recently launched Fresh Dairy schools program 2018 aimed at training teachers on the key elements of good nutrition such as: what a balanced diet entails, healthy eating habits, the importance of consuming 1-Yoghurt-a-Day as a smart snack and the various ways through which teachers can pass on nutritional information to their pupils and parents in more relatable ways.
Speaking during the workshop, Caroline Muchobia Health and Nutrition Manager – Fresh Dairy said, ‘the objective of this 2018 schools program is to create a generation that is eating well, by using teachers to educate children about healthy eating habits.’
‘Many food habits that carry on throughout one’s life are ingrained during this age bracket. It is therefore very important to teach children now such that when they are older, it’s easier for them to continue with whatever they have learnt,’ she said.
Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, a Paediatrician with Makerere University said, ‘A healthy diet is important for everybody. If our children have good food and sleep at least 8 hours a day, then their brains will fully develop. ‘
Dr. Kitaka further encouraged all teachers, children and parents to eat yoghurt to manage their weight while coupling it with more exercise.
Principal Education officer, Ministry of Education and Sports – Mutekanga George applauded Fresh Dairy for continuously engaging Primary schools with the health and nutrition message with an emphasis on a balanced diet.
During the workshop, Muchobia also enlightened teachers on the ongoing Fresh Dairy Schools Program yoghurt cup collection challenge that will see three overall winners in the School, Teacher and Student category.
Last year, Fresh Dairy awarded a prize of Three Million Uganda Shillings (3,000,000 Ushs) to Abdul Karim a teacher from City Parents Primary School for effectively mobilizing his pupils in collecting the most cups in the Fresh Dairy Schools Program.