According to data from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), 30% of Filipino children have been found to be stunted.* In response to this situation, we at Nestlé Philippines have leveled up our nutrition and physical education program, Nestlé Wellness Campus (NWC), which teaches public school students and their parents the value of proper nutrition and physical activity to address malnutrition. With our partners at the Department of Education (DepEd), we standardized nutrition modules that would make the work of teachers easier and expand the program's coverage.
* Based on the FNRI's 2015 study entitled "The Philippine Nutrition: Facts and Figures 2015."
Addressing Malnutrition Through Nutrition Education
Established in 2013, NWC is a continuing joint program by Nestlé Philippines and the DepEd involving 7 million grade school and high school students in the NCR, CALABARZON, Bicol, Central Visayas, and Northern Mindanao regions in 2020.
The program, reaching almost 40% of public grade school and high school students in the country, educates the students and their parents on how to live a healthy life, by choosing healthier food and drink options and physical activity all year round.
Our Nestlé Wellness Campus Initiatives
During the 2019 - 2020 school year, the Nestlé Wellness Campus program implemented three banner components:
NUTRITION EDUCATION MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS
With NWC's Healthy Habits as a guide and in coordination with the DepEd (in keeping with its Curriculum Guide for Health, Grades 1 to 10), we developed nutrition education modules for teachers to use containing guides, sample worksheets, and class presentations. A total of 10 modules (1 module per grade level) and 80 lessons across grade levels in nutrition education were developed for use for grades 1 to 10. These lessons were patterned on DepEd’s learning competencies for Health.
A custom NWC “dancercise” was cascaded to the 13,000 public schools. With a combination of dance and exercise, public school students and faculty start their day in a fun and healthy way.
NWC INTER-SCHOOL, INTER-REGION COMPETITION
NWC inter-school, inter-region competitions were organized. Participating schools showcased how they implemented and integrated the NWC-taught Healthy Habits in their school programs to better engage their students. The top three schools from both competitions were awarded cash prizes equivalent to their final rankings.