Nestle trains teachers, parents on proper hydration in children0
WORRIED by the large number of Nigerian children who die annually as a result of dehydration, the Nestle Nigeria Plc has began series of workshops for Primary school teachers to equip them with nutrition teaching techniques required to combat frequent dehydration among children.
Speaking at one of such workshop at the weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Company’s Managing Director, Mr. Martin Woolnough disclosed that the company had already organized similar workshops in six States of the Federation.
The gesture, he said was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the society. The workshop was tagged “Nestle health hydration teachers’ workshop”.
Woolnough disclosed that so far 84 Primary school teachers drawn from 26 Public schools and private schools in the 20 local councils in Ogun State had been trained by the company.
Those trained, Woolnough said had gone back to their schools to “Educate their pupil with the knowledge and understanding of hydration and importance of water in their lives”.
Woolnough vowed to continue championing the creation of shared value and promote any programmes that would aid proper and effective childhood nutrition and the Nigerian society, adding that, ‘’I want to reassure you that we will continue to leverage our deep well of understanding about childhood nutrition in the implementation of healthy kids programmes in line with our business strategy of creating shared value for our business and the Nigerian society’’.
Woolnough at similar event in Lagos, noted that water is indeed essential for growing children, adding that, that is the period of development and learning for them, a good hydration is important for the whole of the body.
“Either at home, school and at their activities, a good hydration is important for them to feel good, and of course, water is needed for irrigation of the child’s entire body, which also help them in developing their brains to function properly.
“It is essential that children adopt healthy habits early on by drinking water regularly during the day, and they must drink at least eight glasses of water each day because this will maintain the water balance in their body and replace the water loss,” he said.
A physician and lecturer from the Department of Health Promotion and Education, University College Hospital (UCH), Dr Oyewole Oyediran who spoke on importance of water to children stated that the body of a child is made up of 70 per cent of water, insisting that for a such child to remain healthy, such water level must be maintained at all times.
He reasoned that it was therefore imperative for parents to make their wards know that their lives depend on water.
His words “The brain of a child contains 90 percent of water hence if a child does not take enough water, his or her brain wont function to the maximum.
According to Oyediran if a child stays between two and three hours without water, he would be dehydrated. He therefore suggested that on daily basis, parents should put sachets of water in their wards’ school bags so that they would drink during school hours.
Source: The Guardian (Nigeria)