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Get Cooking….Get Active…

Children who help prepare meals eat significantly more vegetables than those who are not involved in cooking according to international research*. The Nestlé Healthy Active Kids “Get Cooking” Kitchen will teach more than 3000 kids how to create healthy recipes in the Food Farm Pavilion at the upcoming Easter Show between March 26 and April 8.

The Food Farm will be packed full of interactive, fun displays and activities to educate show goers about the ‘paddock-to-plate’ story. The “Get Cooking” sessions will offer primary school-aged children the chance to participate in one of five free daily cooking classes. Each child will also be given a free Nestlé Healthy Active Kids portion plate, to help keep good eating habits alive at home.

And, because eating well, needs to be combined with keeping active, over the four day Easter weekend the Healthy Active Kids program will also run an action zone with athletes supported by, Nestle’s long term partner the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Athletes will help kids navigate through an obstacle course, highlighting that leading healthy active lifestyles is great fun.

The event is part of global Nestlé Healthy Active Kids program that operates in nearly 70 countries, providing around seven million children and their parents the tools to create a healthy lifestyle.

In Australia, around 360,000 Australian children participated in the Nestlé Healthy Active Kids online program last year. This website provides a free, Health and Physical Education curriculum based teaching resources for Primary Schools developed by Nestlé and the AIS. It also features on-line nutrition games, videos and recipes for families.

Nestlé Australia’s Head of Market Wellness, Katrina Koutoulas, said: “Since 1999 Nestlé and the AIS have focussed on educating and empowering children about healthy eating and active living as we believe it is an investment in their future and the future of Australia.”

“We are excited to see Nestlé Healthy Active Kids alive in the community at the this year’s Food Farm Pavilion and hope children will learn something new while having fun at the same time.”

*Nestlé study published in Appetite April 2014 Involving children in meal preparation: Effects on food intake. Klazine van der Horst, Aurore Ferrage, Andreas Rytz

About Healthy Active Kids

The Healthy Active Kids program was established to help support healthy active education in schools. It is part of the Nestlé Healthy Kids Global Programme to raise awareness of nutrition, health and wellness and promote physical activity among school age children around the world.

The Healthy Active Kids program was created by teachers in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport and supported by Nestlé Australia. Based on State and Territory curriculums for Health and Physical Education, is an interactive teaching resource for parents and teachers to educate their children and students to lead healthy active lives.

The resource builds on a 16 year partnership between the AIS and Nestlé and includes more than 80 lesson plans, videos, worksheets, handouts and online games and quizzes.