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    Nestlé unveils Healthy Kids Athletics and PE competitions in Zimbabwe





    Nestlé has unveiled the 2016 Healthy Kids Athletics and PE competitions in Zimbabwe, as part of the company's ongoing efforts to scale up physical wellness in schools in the country.
    Healthy Kids Programmes is Nestlé's global initiative for Creating Shared Value focused on nutrition education, health and wellness of children.
    "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," said Nestlé Zimbabwe spokesperson Farai Munetsi.
    To help tackle this, five years ago, Nestlé 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, Nestlé has helped revive physical education in primary schools' extra-curricular activities. 
     As well, in the spirit of creating shared value, Nestlé Zimbabwe has supported both the athletics and physical education competitions for teams drawn from various provinces.
    In total, Nestlé 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.  At district and provincial levels, Nestlé Zimbabwe sponsors floating trophies: gold, silver and bronze medals and certificates.
    "The competitions will be held in all 10 provinces in the country during the first and second weeks of March. At Provincial level, the districts that will come first, second and third, will walk away with floating Nestlé branded shields, certificates and gold, silver and bronze medals for children coming out first, second and third," said Farai Munetsi "The 2016 grand finale will be held at Torwood Stadium in Redcliff, KweKwe on 25 and 26 March 2016.  All ten provinces will participate in both Physical Education and Athletics disciplines." 
    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 (14 Gold,14 Silver and 12 Bronze). They also walked away with a Gold 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.
    The other provinces which did not win, got consolation prizes of $500 each for participation.
    "What is important for Nestlé Healthy Kids activities is that the primary school children live a healthy life style through physical activities and a balanced diet," said Farai Munetsi.sport
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