The 2018 Fresh Dairy schools program which seeks to educate more pupils on health and nutrition was held at Kitante Primary School last Friday. Over 350 primary schools in Kampala, Wakiso districts took part in the program.
Now running for the second year, the program is aimed at educating children on nutrition with an inclination towards the consumption of 1-Yoghurt-a-Day as a healthy and nutritious snack.
Vincent Omoth, the Marketing Manager Fresh Dairy says, Fresh Dairy School Program, uses edutainment in form of an engaging interactive and fun show, theatre, song and dance to educate children on nutrition and the benefits of consuming 1-Yoghurt-a-Day.
Yoghurt is a healthy and nutritious snack that is rich in Vitamin A, B, D, E, Calcium and Potassium,’ Omoth said.
Caroline Muchobia, Health and Nutrition Manager – Fresh Dairy says, Adequate nutrition of school aged children ensures that they grow to their full potential, and provide the stepping stones to a healthy life.
The overall winner of the 2017 Fresh Dairy Schools Program – Yoghurt cup collection challenge, Kalinabiri Primary School – Ntinda won two water tanks worth Six Million Uganda shillings
The health and nutrition benefits of consuming Yoghurt
CALCIUM: Yoghurt contains calcium which is the main mineral in our bodies. Calcium is beneficial for increasing bone mass in children as well as preventing fractures in adults. This is particularly important for postmenopausal women, who have decreased bone turnover as a consequence of hormonal changes accompanying menopause.
Calcium also increases the body’s breakdown of fat and helps preserve one’s metabolism, which in turn helps with weight management. A well-managed weight in turn reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
PROTEIN: Yogurt contains protein which contributes to both the maintenance and growth of muscle mass and normal bones.
VITAMIN D: Yoghurt also contains Vitamin D which helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis, which is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of bone tissue;
VITAMIN B2 and B12: Yoghurt contains Vitamin B2 and B12 which both contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism, while B2 vitamin also helps maintain normal vision;
POTASSIUM: Yoghurt contains Potassium which helps reduce the blood-pressure;
Yoghurt can also protect against gastrointestinal infections by suppressing the growth of pathogens that cause intestinal disturbances such as diarrhea which often comes as a result of infection or over-use of antibiotics.