Nelson Mandela Day Campaign July 18, 2020

Born and raised in poverty and unjustly imprisoned for more than two decades, Nelson Mandela overcame hatred, violence and oppression to become the leader of South Africa and an inspiration for the world. In this time of global pandemic, Nelson Mandela’s passion for education has never been more important.


Health in Action, a programme of INMED South Africa and the Mondelēz International Foundation, has been improving the lives of thousands of South African children and their families through participatory nutrition and healthy lifestyles education, access to fresh food via school and home gardens and fun fitness activities during recess time.


On this day of service, we are sharing special videos of INMED South Africa staff, Mondelēz volunteers and program participants offering tips on fitness activities, healthy recipes, home gardening, and other ways to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can thrive—just as Nelson Mandela envisioned!


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Story Time

Tell All Kids About Coronavirus and COVID-19 (South Africa)

Sixteen-year-old Ashleigh reads an ebook for children on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus, written by INMED South Africa Programmes Director Unathi Sihlahla. To download a free copy of this book, please visit

A Bucket Full of Dinosaurs!

Reyvan reads his favorite story and hopes it will become yours, too!

Create Your Own Backyard Garden

You don’t need a lot of space to plant your own garden. Health in Action Break Time Buddy Sipho instructs you every step of the way—from germinating seeds in a food container to digging holes with a stick to watering your crop with wash water. You don’t need any fancy equipment or a lot of space to grow fresh, organic and nutritious vegetables and fruit for your family.

Not Enough Space for a Garden? Try this Nifty Tip

Health in Action Break Time Buddy Zandile demonstrates how to create a container garden out of old tires to fit any space constraints.

Transplanting Makes Your Garden Grow Bigger

Keep your container plants healthy by transplanting them to larger pots. Mondelēz International Health in Action Volunteer Nishanie shows you how.

Backyard Garden Step 1

Plan your garden and germinate your seeds

Backyard Garden Step 2

Prepare your garden for planting

Backyard Garden Step 3

Plant your seeds and seedlings

Backyard Garden Step 4

Tend and water your garden with rainwater you can collect in a barrel or save from washing dishes. Enjoy watching your garden grow and eating its delicious produce.

Healthy Eating

Super Smoothie for Your System

Mondelēz International Health in Action volunteer Itumeleng shares a recipe for an immune system-boosting smoothie that will improve your energy and your spirits.

Super Simple Smoothie

Mondelēz International Health in Action volunteer Ntendeni shares her favorite recipe for a quick, easy and delicious smoothie.

Quick and Easy Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Try these easy exercises from INMED South Africa’s Health in Action programme. You don’t need any workout equipment to stay fit and healthy. Just follow along as our Break Time Buddies show you how.

Full-body Workout with Nokuthula

Get your endorphins pumping with this quick, 5-part workout with Mondelēz International Health in Action volunteer Nokuthula.

Workout with Mmabatho

Try this workout with Health in Action Break Time Buddy Mmabatho at home every day and you will get into shape in no time.

Exercises You Can Do with Your Kids

This energetic son of Health in Action Break Time Buddy Dineo leads a super quick workout you can do as a family between chores or while you’re waiting for dinner to cook.

Socially Distanced Fitness for Recess Time

Break Time Buddy Nevan leads a rigorous session of ab strengthening and stretching you can do while wearing PPE and socially distanced at school or home.

Kicking it into High Gear with Thandiwe

Health in Action Break Time Buddy Thandiwe pumps up the volume for this short but rigorous workout.

Pre-workout Stretches

It’s important to take 5 minutes to stretch your muscles before doing any fitness activities. In this video, Health in Action Break Time Buddy Onesimo demonstrates some easy but effective stretches.

Funny Walk for Strong Glutes and Legs

Health in Action Break Time Buddy Onesimo demonstrates a great exercise to try while walking to or from school, work or market. It may look a little silly, but it will give you great results.

Ready, Set, Go!

Health in Action Break Time Buddy Onesimo runs a one-person relay and wins every time. You can too!