Online nutrition calculator aims to boost kids’ health

By Omondi Julius Odera, Kenya

Nestlé Kenya, through its MILO® brand, has unveiled a web based nutrition calculator to help foster healthy nutrition among kids at a time when health statistics indicate that obesity rate in both private and public schools may be as high as 50 percent amongst kids between ages 6 to 12.

Dubbed MILO® Nutrition Calculator, the tool is designed for parents of kids between ages 6 to 12 and allows them to track and monitor their nutrition intake in every day’s serving.

The web nutrition calculator enables parents to calculate the nutrition component of their kid’s meals, analyse their activeness, set up a balanced diet and schedule their kid’s sports activities by just a click of the mouse, on their web-enabled phones, tablet or ipad.

The application is currently available as a link on the website  and as a widget on “Currently the application is web-based but we will unveil a mobile application version for both Android and ISO platforms in two months’ time,” said Diana Irungu, Category Development Manager at Nestlé

The application will not only enhance nutritional awareness but empower mums and caregivers with information to make better nutrition choices to help their children grow strong and healthy, according to Diana.

To make use of the application, parents can use computers and mobile phones with internet access to login via the Nestlé website or MILO® East Africa Facebook, and create their children’s specific profiles “The application is interactive and fun and allows parents or guardians to plan their children’s daily activities and food plans, allowing them to monitor nutritional needs and activities on a daily, weekly and monthly basis,” explained Diana.

The MILO® Nutrition Calculator comes at an opportune time when health statistics are showing that the obesity rate in both private and public schools may be as high as 50 percent amongst kids in this age group. “We encourage parents to make use of this tool we have provided for them, the MILO® Nutrition Calculator to ensure their kids eat well-balanced meals and exercise regularly,” noted Diana.

The web-based tool also adds to the on-going campaign by Nestlé Kenya to encourage Kenyan families to practice good breakfast eating habits for good health and active energetic lifestyles.

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