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Be Healthy Like Me

VISION All kids develop the life long habit necessary to promote healthy learning.

Staying healthy includes a balanced diet, staying clean, getting plenty of exercise as well as keeping your heart strong and free of drugs.

MISSION To engage individuals, organization, leaders and volunteers in action that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youths and schools. GOALS Between 2012 and 2016, we will work with one thousand schools to help then introduce wellness program that teaches kids about eating healthy and being active every day. Our efforts will focus on collaborating with schools that lack facilities, resources and expertise to provide students with opportunities to eat right and be active at school so they are ready to learn.

People who practice good nutrition, hygiene and exercise patterns develop a lifetime of habits that will keep them healthy for many years. Especially when they are older!

A total of 28 primary & secondary schools were visited in Lagos during this quarter.

ARMS 1. Project Healthy Kids (The school arm) 2. PHKI Balance My Day (focused on providing healthy food for kids) 3. PHKI Kids Get Active – Gym facilities for kids and teens.

BE A HEALTHY EXAMPLE Kids copy the choices that are made around them. It’s important to be a good example and help your kids make healthy choices. Here are some great ideas to make healthy living easier for your whole family! --Page 5

 Eat Right  Move More  Live Longer PHKI had invitations to: INDULGE –Feel Good Festival & World Heart Day 2012 Celebration: Healthy Nutrition Bazaar…Page4


PROJECT HEALTHY KIDS FIELD REPORT FOR THE FIRST TERM OF 2012/2013 ACADEMIC YEAR In March 2012 Passion for Healthy Kids Initiative (PHKI) received the approval of the Lagos State Ministry of Education to reach out to 200 public primary and secondary schools in Lagos state with the message of healthy eating and importance of physical activity. Between March and June 2012, Project Healthy Kids, the school arm of Passion for Healthy Kids Initiative (PHKI) visited a total of twenty five (25) primary and secondary schools comprising twelve (12) public and thirteen (13) private schools. Over 10,000 children were reached with the message of importance of breakfast and the benefits of physical activity. A total of 28 primary and secondary schools were visited between September and November 2012. All the schools were in the Eti-Osa and Ibeju-Lekki LGAs of Lagos State. Over 15,000 children were reached during the visits. Below is the list of public schools visited and select photos.

School Visited


School Visited


Victoria Island Senior Secondary School


Magbon-Alade Community Junior Grammar School


Victoria Island Junior Secondary School


Iberekodo Community Primary School


Kuramo Senior Secondary School, VI


Magbon-Alade Community Senior Grammar School


Kuramo Junior Secondary School, VI


Federal Housing Estate Primary School, VI


Iwerekun Community Senior Secondary School


Awoyaya Primary School, VI


Olomu Community Senior Secondary School, Ajah


Asirodin Primary School, VI


Ogombo Community Junior Secondary School


Victoria Island Primary School, VI


Olomu Community Junior Secondary School, Ajah


Kuramo Primary School, VI


Olomu Community Primary School, Ajah


Bonny Camp Primary School, VI


Roman Catholic School, Awoyaya


Ikoyi Girls Modern Academy, Ikoyi


Iwerekun Community Junior Secondary School


Jinadu Anglican Primary School, Ikoyi


Abijo Community Primary School


Ireti Girls Primary School, Ikoyi


Lagos State Model College


Ireti Junior Secondary School, Ikoyi


Eti-Osa Community Primary School


Langbasa Primary School, Langbasa


Total Number of Students impacted = 15,083


… Mrs Edirin Metseagharun

Founder & Coordinator, Passion for Healthy Kids Initiative [PHKI]


School age is the perfect time for children to learn

home, which is a great way for your child to learn about healthy food and to help with preparation.

about healthy food, bodies and activity. This is the time they start a busy social life, have pocket money and begin to help choose their own lifestyle. Children of this age learn quickly and are also influenced by their friends and popular trends.

School lunches – foods to limit Highly processed, sugary, fatty and salty foods should only make up a very small part of your child’s diet. Foods to limit in everyday school lunches include:

Children need a wide variety of foods for a wellbalanced diet. The amount of physical activity they have in a day will be an important part of how much they need to eat. When children are busy and active, snacking is important to keep energy levels high. A healthy morning snack at break (recess) and one after school are usually needed each day. Breakfast is important It is important to encourage breakfast. A good night’s sleep followed by food in the morning helps your child to stay active and concentrate at school. It also means your child is less likely to be too hungry during the morning and it can help with performance at school. Be a role model and let your child see you eat breakfast too. A bowl of cereal with milk and fresh fruit is a great starter for the whole family. Refer to the PHKI Poster “Parents…Get Straight A’s with Healthy Breakfast” School lunches Many private schools in Nigeria have a canteen that offers a range of food choices. Most schools do not follow any particular guidelines to encourage healthy food choices. The food your child chooses might be high in cost and energy, but low in nutrients sometimes. An alternative is a packed lunch from

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Processed meats such as ham and pressed chicken Chips, sweet biscuits, and breakfast bars Fruit bars Juices and soft drinks.

Water Works D

over half of your body is made up of water!

Just like a plant, you need plenty of water to stay alive. You may not know it, but your body uses water to do almost everything-like eating, breathing and moving your arms and legs - even your blood is based on water! It’s important to drink lots of water every day to refill all the water you use!

DON’T DRY UP - DRINK MORE WATER!! Keep water cold in the fridge Try sugar free flavored or sparkling waters Add a slice of lemon or even mix in a little bit of your favorite juice Carry a water bottle around with you, for when you’re on the go.


@ Indulge –Feel Good Festival During the quarter, PHKI was invited to Indulge – Feel Good Festival. In continuation of the wellness events to mark its 10 years of healthy living advocacy, Indulge Nigeria, with its various partners held the ‘Feel Good Festival’ on Saturday 20th October at the Jhalobia Gardens, M/M Airport Road, Lagos. During the event, PHKI supported the wellness vision of Indulge Nigeria by enlightening visitors to the event on the mission and vision of PHKI of having healthy children because healthy kids learn better. Kudos to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indulge Nigeria, Dr Bisi Abiola for putting together a programme aimed at improving the overall health of the family.

PHKI Coordinator with Dr Bisi Abiola CEO Indulge Nigeria and Mrs Christianah Akindolie (CEO, Christianah Fate Foundation).

PHKI team with Mrs Akindolie of Christianah Fate Foundation and Dr Omowunmi Bakare of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

PHKI Coordinator with Mrs Fuloso Babasola, MD, Lead Consultants at the event

PHKI Coordinator receiving the top prize of the healthy living competition courtesy of MTN.

@ World Heart Day 2012 Celebration: Healthy Nutrition Bazaar On Sunday November 11, 2012 PHKI was also invited to the World Heart Day 2012 Celebration: Healthy Nutrition Bazaar. This event which was put together by the Nigeria Heart Foundation was carried out as part of activities marking the Nigeria Heart Foundation (NHF), World Heart Day Celebrations, NHF in collaboration with World Heart Federation, Geneva and other Partners. The event took place at the Munri Okunola Park in Victoria Island, Lagos. During the event, PHKI set up a stand where various dignitaries that visited the stand where apprised of the various programmes of PHKI. Among dignitaries that visited the PHKI stand were the Executive Director, Nigeria Hearts Foundation (NHF), Dr K. K. Akinroye, Dr Funmi Akinloye, Medical Director URAH Health, Dr Pamela Umebuani of PASLIM and others.

PHKI team with the Dr K.K. Akinroye and Dr Funmi Akinloye

PHKI team with the Dr Pamela Umebuani

PHKI kids ‘walking the talk’ with physical activity

PHKI Stand at the event

Executives of Nigeria Heart Foundation visiting the PHKI stand at the event

PHKI Coordinator making a brief presentation at the event


Understand the basics of nutrition There are three major nutrients that you eat every day. This table will show you what they are, how many calories are in one gram of each, what their primary function in the body is and what foods they are found in.










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It is the body's main structural nutrient. All muscles and tissues are made from protein. The immune system uses protein.

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This is preferred energy source of the body. Carbs supply fast energy to the muscles for activity.

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This is the energy storage nutrient in the body. Fats are also used as a source of energy for low-intensity activity.

Foods Found In

Eggs, meats, fish, beans, dairy products, soy.

Grains, pastas, cereals, breads, vegetables, fruits, corn syrup, anything with sugar in it.

All oils (e.g. olive, peanut, canola, vegetable), butter, margarine, meats, junk food.


Also the word exercise used to make me think


that it would be tough and hard to do. I learned

I went to a nutrition and fitness class at my school. Afterwards the nurse examined me and talked to me about my weight. She said I needed to learn how to take better care of myself. I knew I was a little overweight, but I never really thought about it. In the group I learned what choices I could make to eat better and how important it is to exercise.

that exercise can be fun and good for you at the same time. I used exercise bands to stretch and move and that was my favorite part of the class. I also learned that eating fruit and drinking more water is good for you and you don’t have to eat low fat food or fat free food all the time to lose weight! Learning how to take better care of my body helps me feel better about myself.

Meet our Partner(s) for this Quarter

Beloxxi Partners with PHKI Balance My Day Programme Beloxxi Industries Limited makers of the popular Beloxxi cream crackers biscuits has identified with the PHKI Balance My Day programme that ensures that all children have breakfast daily. They support PHKI campaign that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that healthy kids learn better. In this partnership, Beloxxi Industries will provide her nutritious and healthy cream crackers biscuits to all school children visited by PHKI.

PHKI – Beloxxi Partnership

Presentation of cartons of Beloxxi cream crackers to PHKI For the children of Bonny Camp Primary School

PHKI coordinator making her presentation on importance of breakfast to Bonny Camp Primary School Children

Excited children of Bonny Camp Primary School displaying Beloxxi Cream Crackers biscuit


PHKI Newsletter - (Sept-Dec 2012)  

MISSION To engage individuals, organization, leaders and volunteers in action that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in chil...