Wellness made fun at the Nestlé Wellness Fiesta

Sharlene Hendricks

Tuesday, May 20, 2014    

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Last Friday, the fourth staging of the Nestle Wellness Fiesta cultimated at the Jamaica Conference in downtown, Kingston.

The village-like setting of the event was abuzz with students from several high schools across Jamaica. The village was teemed with students taking part in the activities, and enjoying the samples from the various sponsors of the event.

'How healthy is your breakfast?, was the theme of this year's staging, and participating schools were asked to come up with a creative display that captured this theme. Each school had a tent with their creative piece on display. The creativity was very much evident as the students and their teachers put their displays together. In addition to the physical display of breakfast items -- cooked and uncooked -- some schools infused song, drama and even on-screen presentations.

The next major attraction of this wellness village was the Milo Energy Zone. This was an indoor sports lounge that featured activities such as track and field, basketball, cricket and even Nintendo WII games.

Nestle also had several information booths where students had informative sessions with Nestlé representatives about the importance of having a healthy breakfast. There was also a cooking lab where the students got the opportunity to make their own breakfast, healthy smoothies, and muffins, as well as fruit cocktails. What a treat they must have had after making all those muffins!

Last but surely not least, was the skipping competition, which saw groups from the various schools battling for bragging rights and gift baskets. The routines were interesting but not without flaws, as one would expect with skipping ropes. In the end, each school received certificates for their participation but there could be only one winner. Walking away with the title of skipping champions, were students from the Robert Lightbourne High School.

Segue into the day's activities was a lunch-hour concert hosted by media personality, Jenny Jenny. This was the segment where the students had the opportunity to win prizes from the sponsors. Deidre Hibbert from Hydel High school and Rochelle Reynolds were the two lucky winners who won themselves prizes from the teenAGE Observer.

This was the fourth staging of a very important event that seeks to promote proper nutrition and physical exercise as a foundation for healthy growth and development, among school children.

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