Our commitment: Provide education programmes for good nutrition and feeding practices
Help guide parents and caregivers to raise healthier children, and help healthcare professionals have a greater impact on the nutritional aspects of care of future generations.
Ongoing – Offer nutrition education services and programmes for healthcare professionals addressing global under- and over-nutrition problems (Nestlé Nutrition Institute).
Ongoing – Provide science-based practical nutrition education for parents and caregivers that focuses on the importance of the first 1 000 days (from conception to the child’s second birthday), including maternal nutrition during pregnancy and promoting breastfeeding as the best start in life (Nestlé Start Healthy Stay Healthy).
By 2015 – Nestlé Nutrition Institute will reach over 1 million healthcare professionals via its online educational services in nine languages.
By 2015 – Nestlé Start Healthy Stay Healthy will reach over 5 million mothers and caregivers worldwide with multi-lingual online nutrition education services.
The Nestlé Nutrition Institute (NNI) offers educational services to healthcare professionals in 195 countries. More than 243 000 healthcare professionals are registered as members of its educational website. As the world’s largest private publisher of nutritional information, over 3 000 publications can be downloaded free by members from the NNI website. Since its inception in 1981, the NNI has held 85 International Nutrition Workshops, over 700 online conferences and awarded 8–10 postgraduate academic fellowships per year to young medical doctors from developing regions. In 2014, by broadcasting NNI workshops live over the internet, we reached ten times more healthcare professionals than in previous years.
Nestlé Start Healthy Stay Healthy is our new interactive, science-based education programme designed to help mothers and caregivers provide nutritionally and developmentally adequate nutrition in the crucial first 1 000 days of life.
Nestlé believes it has a responsibility to share its expertise in nutrition and deep consumer understanding to benefit society. We place significant focus on promoting better health through nutrition in the first 1 000 days of life. Poor maternal nutrition, for example, affects foetal growth and cognitive functions and increases infant morbidity and mortality. Children who suffer malnutrition in their early years fail to fully develop their physical and cognitive potential and have an increased risk of poor health later in life.
Our educational programmes are targeted at the people who are most involved in implementing good practices during the first 1 000 days to help guide parents and caregivers to raise healthier children, and help healthcare professionals have a greater impact on the nutritional aspects of care of future generations.
One challenge we face in this objective is overcoming a perceived conflict of interest concerning our engagement with the scientific and public health communities. We address this challenge by maintaining the highest level of transparency, scientific rigour, and ethical standards in the collaboration, conduct, and dissemination of scientific research and educational programmes.