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Teaching self-sustainability to schools and communities across South Africa

“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

This proverb could not be more true for a partnership between snack giant Mondelēz International and Inmed South Africa, which are taking the idea of self-sustainability to schools and communities across the country. Inmed is tackling SA’s public health crisis of obesity and malnutrition through its school-based program that empowers children and their teachers to become agents of change in their families and communities. Called Health in Action, the program is reaching more than 100 000 primary school children in 116 schools in 13 at-risk communities in Johannesburg and Gqeberha.

Supported by the Mondelēz International Foundation, the program focuses on educational messages about nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles through hands-on, skills-based activities and training, including the development of school gardens that provide nutritious, fresh produce for school meals.

Program director at Inmed SA, Unathi Sihlahla, believes nutrition must be part of the school curriculum.


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