Nestle boost for primary school athletics

HARARE - Nestle Zimbabwe has unveiled the 2016 Healthy Kids Athletics and PE competitions in a bid to help primary school children live a healthy lifestyle through physical activities and a balanced diet.

Healthy Kids Programmes is Nestle’s global initiative for Creating Shared Value focused on nutrition education, health and wellness of children.

The competitions will be held in all 10 provinces across the country during the first and second weeks of this month.

The districts that will come first, second and third, will walk away with Nestlé branded shields, certificates and medals for children coming out first, second and third.

The 2016 grand finale will be held at Torwood Stadium in Redcliff, Kwekwe later this month.

Nestlé Zimbabwe spokesperson Farai Munetsi said: “Like in many other countries in the African region, Zimbabwe is facing the double burden of childhood malnutrition and obesity, putting both its current and future economy at risk and reducing the quality of life of her children.”

To help tackle this, five years ago, Nestle Zimbabwe partnered with the National Association of Primary School Heads (Naph) in sponsoring the Healthy Kids Athletics and Physical Education in Primary Schools.

“During this period, Nestle has helped revive physical education in primary schools’ extra-curricular activities,” said Munetsi. 

“As well, in the spirit of creating shared value, Nestle Zimbabwe has supported both the athletics and physical education competitions for teams drawn from various provinces.

“In total, Nestle Zimbabwe’s Healthy Kids Programme has had a direct contact with 188 150 children who have participated in athletics and physical education from the school level, to district, provincial and ultimately national level.”

In 2015, Mashonaland Central Province, who have always been in the top three since the inception of the competitions, emerged first in physical education whilst Masvingo Province came first in athletics with a total of 40 medals.

They also walked away with a floating trophy and prize money of $3 000 each. The children who came first second and third won certificates and gold, silver and bronze medals.

Second prize for physical education were the vastly improved Matabeleland South and in athletics Mashonaland West Province accumulated 28 medals.

Both Matabeleland South and Mashonaland West took home

$2 000 each and a floating trophy and certificates and medals for the children.

The third position in physical education went to Mashonaland West and in athletics Manicaland was third with 27 medals and both took home $1 000 prize money, a floating trophy, medals and certificates.

The other provinces which did not win received consolation prizes of $500 each for participation.

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