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Nestle helps Media to discuss improvement in creative nutrition reporting

(L-R) Mrs. Owoniyi, Executive Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Mrs. Peggy Diby, Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, CWAR, Dr. Barthlomew Brai, President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Joseph Walid Hbaika, Nestle Factory Manager, Agbara, Mr. Chukwuma Muanya, Guardian Newspaper, Mrs. Emma-Nwachukwu, NNIA, Anglophone CWAR.
(L-R) Mrs. Owoniyi, Executive Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Mrs. Peggy Diby, Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, CWAR, Dr. Barthlomew Brai, President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Joseph Walid Hbaika, Nestle Factory Manager, Agbara, Mr. Chukwuma Muanya, Guardian Newspaper, Mrs. Emma-Nwachukwu, NNIA, Anglophone CWAR.
 · Cross section of the media journalists on the Nestle Factory visit.

· Cross section of the media journalists on the Nestle Factory visit.
(L-R) Mrs. Peggy Diby, Head Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, CWAR, Dr. Barthlomew Brai, President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria
(L-R) Mrs. Peggy Diby, Head Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, CWAR, Dr. Barthlomew Brai, President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria

On October 19, 2016, Nestlé, the largest Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company in the world, organised another edition of Nutrition Media workshop at the Training Centre of the Nestlé Agbara Factory, attended by over 35 Media people from the Health Desks of various newspapers.
Entitled, “Good Nutrition: A Way of Life,” the workshop aimed at reinforcing nutritional knowledge of media professionals in order to improve their reporting in this area.
Nutrition matters in every stage of life, however, good nutrition from the onset is very critical. Life begins from conception and the first two years of life have been found to be a critical window of opportunity when it comes to nutrition. As this has significant impact on a child’s ability to grow and learn, which in turn can also shape a society’s long-term health, stability and prosperity.
During the workshop, Dr Bartholomew Brai, President of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, stressed the need for right nutrition. He presented an overview of the nutritional challenges in Nigeria and how private and public sectors, including society and media, have to work together to address these issues and change the future positively.
Mr. Chukwuma Muanya, Assistant Editor of The Guardian Newspapers presented on “Nutrition reporting: The critical role of media people”. Indeed, they have to help educate people on the nutrition landscape, raise awareness on potential risks and the importance of changing behaviour. He also shared examples of good practices in other countries. All media expressed the need of building a strong network of health reporters in Nigeria.
Nestlé seized this opportunity to present to the media the actions implemented to contribute to consumers nutrition, health and wellness such as cooking classes for kids, nutrition education programmes for women and offering tastier and healthier products which are fortified with micronutrients. In Nigeria, Nestlé sells daily over 100 million Maggi cubes fortified in iron reaching over 18 million households.
Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme has reached over 62,000 pupils in 112 schools across 4 Nigerian states and through the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa, Health Care professionals have been empowered with nutrition information through various nutrition programmes organized by the institute.

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