Nestlé Wellness Campus expands in north Mindanao
By : Mark Francisco Mindanao Today/05:23:49pm 04/08/2021
Nestle Philippines, Inc.
THE Department of Education (DepEd) and Nestlé Philippines announce the expansion to Northern Mindanao of the Nestlé Wellness Campus, an advocacy program that highlights the importance of teaching healthy habits to young Filipino students.
THE Department of Education (DepEd) and Nestlé Philippines announce the expansion to Northern Mindanao of the Nestlé Wellness Campus, an advocacy program that highlights the importance of teaching healthy habits to young Filipino students. This program supports public elementary schools in the region that have shifted to blended learning during the pandemic.
“Health and wellness are characterized by different dimensions – from physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual to occupational. As educators, we recognize this holistic view and aim to become advocates and role models to our students. The DepEd-Northern Mindanao, through this partnership with Nestlé Philippines, is eager to help our students develop health and wellness practices at an early age,” said Dr. Arturo Bayocot, CESO III and Regional Director, DepEd-Northern Mindanao.
Arlene Tan-Bantoto, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications at Nestlé Philippines, lauded the partnership and reiterated the company’s commitment to the DepEd. “As the Kasambuhay ng Pamilyang Pilipino, we are thankful for the opportunity to partner with DepEd-Region X in driving Edu-Kalidad and promoting greater awareness on health, nutrition and the environment as we prepare our young learners to lead happier and healthier lives.”
This School Year 2020-2021, the Nestlé Wellness Campus developed timely online modules about immunity and handwashing as well as the environment. These topics round up the seven healthy habits – Choosing Nutritious and Varied Options, Managing Portions, Choosing to Drink Water and Milk, Playing Actively, Enjoying Meals Together, Keeping Good Hygiene and Caring for the Planet – that teachers can incorporate in their lessons.
Co-developed with experts based on DepEd’s Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs), the downloadable educational materials include lesson guides, PowerPoint presentations and worksheets for Grade 1-10 students enrolled in public schools. These will be accessible via the DepEd Commons and will also be available through Nestlé Wellness Campus Teacher Aides assigned per division in Northern Mindanao.
Moreover, Nestlé Wellness Campus produced a “Dancercise” video for students to make staying active more fun for them at home. An exclusive Nestle Wellness Campus Facebook Group has also been set up to support public school teachers in navigating this new normal in education. By the end of the current school year, Nestlé Wellness Campus will recognize the best integration and implementation of wellness practices via an inter-school and inter-region online competition.
In School Year 2019-2020, Nestlé’s advocacy program reached over seven (7) million students and 200,000 teachers across 13,000 schools across the Philippines.