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For over 6 years the Nestlé Cook for Life programme has been helping develop thriving resilient communities, empowering young adults for improved social and health outcomes as part of our commitment to the UN Sustainable development Goals ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’.

Through Nestlé Cook for Life, Ka Tunu Ka Ora we teach youth (aged 13 – 19) nutrition knowledge, capability and confidence in a hands on interactive session about cooking and healthy food choices. Nestlé Cook for Life classes are fun, informative and motivational, and recipes use common affordable ingredients, including plenty of vegetables. Students learn to make healthy, tasty, easy and affordable meals together and are able to take home recipes and cooking skills to share with their wider whanau and community.

Through education, the Nestlé Cook for Life programme aims to address the increasingly prevalent social issues in New Zealand of diet-related disease, such as diabetes, by sharing practical tips and valuable life skills with those who can benefit from it most. Small changes can make a big difference over a lifetime, especially in young adults who are starting to form lifelong habits.

By empowering our young adults with the knowledge and skills they need to make better food choices, we are helping them to create a healthier future for themselves, their whanau and their communities, one meal at a time.