South Africa is facing a public health crisis as obesity rates rise even as hunger and malnutrition persist Our Health in Action programme is tackling this complex problem via a school-based programme that teaches children about the importance of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyles through engaging hands-on, skills-based activities.
With the support of the Mondelēz International Foundation, Health in Action is reaching more than 100 000 primary school children in 116 schools in 13 at-risk communities in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
A key component to Health in Action are school gardens, which are used as teaching tools as well as sources of fresh produce for school meals—and the community, in many cases. INMED South Africa and its partners supply the materials for the gardens as well as training for school food handlers, teachers, administrators and community members.
For over a decade, we have pioneered the use of school- and community-based aquaponics in South Africa to improve the nutrition, health and food security in disadvantaged communities.
Through the Health in Action Programme we have we have established two community Aquaponics Centres to provide a reliable supply of fresh food to schools and families in low-resource neighbourhoods.
Both centres serve as research and training tools for teachers, students and the public.
We have also installed three installed three aquaponics systems at schools in Gauteng, thanks to funding from Air Products South Africa.
View INMED South Africa’s 2nd Annual Health in Action Awards. This event featured all the creative ways schools are implementing our Health in Action program with Mondelez International Foundation. The event was live streamed on Facebook, so you can enjoy it too!
INMED dieticians perform regular cooking demonstrations and health education segments on local television and at free community workshops, in addition to training school food preparers in collaboration with the Department of Health and Education.