Nestle Philippines and the Department of Education Davao Region Sign Memorandum of Agreement for Nestle Wellness Campus Implementation in School Year 2023-2024

In an exciting collaboration, Nestle and the Department of Education in Davao Region have joined forces to promote nutrition education to an impressive number of over 1 million students. This remarkable milestone was celebrated through a momentous MOA signing, which signifies the implementation of the Nestle Wellness Campus for the upcoming School Year 2023-2024. This partnership is set to make a significant impact on the well-being and health of students as they embark on a journey towards a brighter and healthier future.

In 2013, the Nestle Wellness Campus made its grand debut in the beautiful regions of the Philippines. This innovative initiative aimed to revolutionize the way people approach their well-being. Since its inception, this groundbreaking initiative has experienced remarkable growth, expanding its reach to encompass a total of seven regions. The latest addition to its ever-expanding network is the esteemed DepEd Davao Region, which wholeheartedly embraced this innovative program in the recently concluded School Year 2021-2022. In the span of the past two years, an incredible program has made a significant impact on the lives of countless young minds. With its unwavering dedication, this program has successfully reached an astounding number of students, both in elementary and high school. Hailing from the beautiful provinces of Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Oro, and Davao Occidental, a staggering total of 613,922 elementary students and 400,275 high school students have been positively influenced by this initiative. The sheer magnitude of these numbers is a testament to the program's effectiveness and the commitment of those involved. It is truly heartening to witness such a widespread and profound impact on the educational landscape of these regions.

As a leading health and wellness company, Nestlé Philippines launched the Nestlé Wellness Campus to help promote good nutrition and an active lifestyle among Filipino students. "As the Kasambuhay for Good of Filipino families, we believe in the role that education plays in raising healthy and happy children. When they are properly nourished, students become eager to learn and are able to perform well in school. With this MOA, the DepEd Davao Region has provided us the opportunity to continue with our advocacy of instilling healthy habits among our young students, " said Jose Uy III, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs of Nestlé Philippines.

The Nestlé Wellness Campus has been an incredible source of inspiration for over 10.5 million students and 400,000 teachers from more than 21,000 public schools. Its impact on promoting healthier choices cannot be overstated. The program has undoubtedly made a significant impact on the nutrition knowledge and attitudes of elementary and junior high school students in seven regions. These regions include the ever-vibrant Calabarzon in Region 4-A, the picturesque Bicol Region in Region 5, the enchanting Western Visayas in Region 6, the captivating Central Visayas in Region 7, the breathtaking Northern Mindanao in Region 10, the dynamic Davao Region in Region 11, and last but not least, the bustling National Capital Region (NCR).

"We are excited to open this new school year with a mindset that will not only focus on our students education but also on their overall health and wellness. Through the Nestlé Wellness Campus, our students have a variety of resources that will allow them to practice healthy habits with their teachers and classmates in school, as well as with their parents and siblings at home," said Dr. Allan Farnazo, CESO III, Regional Director, Department of Education Region XI.

Nestlé Wellness Campus REGIONAL LAUNCHING

I am absolutely thrilled to have been extended an invitation to bear witness to this truly momentous occasion. Moreover, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to engage with Nestle Philippines and inquire about their esteemed partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).

Nestlé Philippines and Department of Education representatives with Davao Media and Blogger during the MOA SIGNING for the relaunching of Nestlé Wellness Campus program held yesterday, August 15 at Garden Oases Convention Center

I've got a super straightforward question, but I'm looking for some in-depth and detailed answers. Here's what I'm curious about and answered by Mr. Kevin Carpio, Corporate Affairs Executive and Program Manager of Nestle Wellness Campus. 

Q. Have you ever wondered about the future of school participation in our region? Will there be a specific target number of students joining in the coming years? Or perhaps all the schools in our region are going to be a part of the prestigious Nestle Wellness Campus? These are the burning questions that have been on the minds of many education enthusiasts and concerned parents alike. Let's delve into this intriguing topic and explore what lies ahead for our educational landscape.

A. Our objective is to exponentially expand the reach of the Nestle Wellness Campus program, aiming to engage a substantial number of over 10.5 million students and more teachers in the foreseeable future.

Q. About the inclusion of private schools in the Nestle Wellness Campus. It's a question that has been buzzing around, and I thought it would be worth exploring further. Many of you may be wondering if Nestle has any plans to expand its Wellness Campus to include private schools. Well, the answer to that question is not quite clear at the moment. While Nestle has been focused on promoting health and wellness through its various programs.

A. Our approach involves incorporating private schools into our program. However, it is imperative that we prioritize addressing the pressing needs of public schools, particularly in the realm of nutrition.

Q. Do you have any plans to include Senior High School in the Nestlé Wellness Campus?

A. In the realm of secondary education, Senior High school has ingeniously devised a distinct program that caters specifically to the Nestle Wellness Campus for SHS only. 

In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, it's all too common to let our health and well-being fall by the wayside. Incorporating healthy habits into our daily routine is absolutely crucial when it comes to maintaining a well-rounded and balanced lifestyle. Welcome to today's blog post, where we will delve into the realm of healthy habits. Today, we will be exploring seven essential habits that are sure to enhance your overall well-being. So, without further ado, let's dive right in!

First and foremost, it is crucial to prioritize choosing nutritious and varied options when it comes to your diet. By incorporating a wide range of wholesome foods into your meals, you can ensure that your body receives the necessary nutrients it needs to thrive. Another habit that deserves our attention is managing portions. It's all about finding the right balance and being mindful of how much we consume. By practicing portion control, we can avoid overeating and maintain a healthy weight. Staying hydrated is key, and that's why our next habit is to drink plenty of water and milk. These beverages not only quench our thirst but also provide essential nutrients that contribute to our overall well-being. Now, let's talk about the importance of staying active. Engaging in regular physical activity is beneficial not only for our physical health but also for our mental well-being. So, make sure to incorporate play and exercise into your daily routine. In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to overlook the significance of enjoying meals together. However, this habit fosters a sense of connection and promotes healthier eating habits. So, gather your loved ones around the table and savor the joy of shared meals.

The Nestlé Wellness Campus has come up with an exciting initiative called "Tara! Sama-Sama sa Wellness," designed specifically for students to incorporate into their flag ceremonies or Physical Education classes.

In the midst of it all, a plethora of inter-school and inter-regional contests take place throughout the academic year, serving as a remarkable platform for both students and the school community to proudly exhibit their unwavering commitment to embodying the seven healthy habits. In the world of school events and competitions, there are a few that stand out from the rest. Today, we're going to talk about the crème de la crème of school implementations, the most thrilling dance showdown, the ultimate talent showcase, and the mouthwatering cook-off that will leave you craving for more. First up, we have the Best Implementation School, where educational institutions go head-to-head to showcase their innovative and effective teaching methods. This event is a true testament to the dedication and hard work of educators who strive to provide the best learning experience for their students. Next on our list is Hataw: The School Sayaw Showdown. In a dazzling display of talent and dedication, the crème de la crème of educators are honored as the illustrious Superstars. These exceptional teachers have proven time and again their ability to inspire and educate, leaving an indelible mark on the minds of their students. Meanwhile, in a culinary extravaganza that leaves taste buds tingling with anticipation, young learners showcase their culinary prowess in the highly anticipated Sarap-Sustansya Cook-off. Armed with their culinary skills and a deep understanding of the importance of wholesome nutrition, these students demonstrate their ability to whip up delectable and nourishing meals that tantalize both the palate and the mind. The stage is set for a celebration of excellence and creativity as these remarkable individuals take center stage. The Superstars and the aspiring culinary maestros alike captivate audiences with their unwavering passion and unwavering commitment to their craft. It is a testament to the power of education and the artistry of gastronomy that these luminaries shine brightly.

Ever since the inclusion of the Davao Region in this remarkable program, Tutalian National High School in Davao del Norte has undeniably emerged as a shining star, being bestowed with the prestigious title of Best Implementing School. Not only that, but they have also managed to secure the esteemed position of 1st Runner-Up for two consecutive years, showcasing their unwavering commitment to excellence. In a remarkable display of talent and dedication, Tagum City National High School, hailing from the same province, has recently garnered well-deserved recognition. The prestigious accolade of 1st Runner-Up in the highly competitive Dancercise category was bestowed upon them during the exhilarating School Year 2022-2023. This momentous achievement serves as a testament to the school's unwavering commitment to excellence and their ability to captivate audiences with their awe-inspiring performances. Undoubtedly, Tagum City National High School has solidified its position as a force to be reckoned with in the realm of dance.

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