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Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Oluranti Afirm’s, has commended FrieslandCampina WAMCO for its Peak 456 healthy eating and lifestyle initiative, saying it will have a far-reaching effect on both the physical and mental development of the Nigerian child.
The deputy governor made this known in a goodwill message delivered on her behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Adebunmi Adekanye, at the media launch in Lagos.
In a statement, she said the initiative was meant to educate the children at tender age on the need to ensure healthy lifestyle.
Her words: “The future of every nation lies with her children. No nation can achieve greatness either economically or politically without the children, hence the need to ensure that children especially at their early stage in life are well nourished, healthy and educated.”
The FrieslandCampina WAMCO had launched the Peak 456 initiative in partnership with the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) to promote healthy eating and exercise among children in Nigeria aged four to six years old.
The partnership according to the statement, is in line with the FrieslandCampina WAMCO global project tagged: ‘Drink, Move and Be Strong’ pre-school programme that will engage and educate school children on healthy eating and active living.
Speaking during a media briefing on the project, the Corporate Affairs Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Ore Famurewa, disclosed that the Nigerian version of the programme was themed “Eating Healthy and Staying Active.”
She noted that eating and lifestyle habits were formed during childhood and lasts a lifetime, hence, there is need to educate and support children right from their formative years in order to inculcate healthy lifestyle and behaviour in them.
“Our goal is to drive healthy eating and active lifestyle habits by educating children from young age,” she added.
‘We realise it is important for children to learn the benefits of good nutrition and to develop healthy eating habits. Schools are ideal for bringing nutrition education to children at an early age through qualified staff.
“It is key to note that the sooner children start making healthy choices, the easier it becomes to keep up good eating habits later in life.”
Also speaking during the media launch, President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Dr. Bartholomew Brai, stated that nutrition especially in young children must be taken as a very key component of their overall development.
“We must ensure our children have an adequate diet by including all the five food groups in their diet every day,” Brai said.

“Dairy is a commonly overlooked food group, yet dairy

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