Nestlé’s top tips for keeping kids hydrated this summer

Updated 11 August 2019

Nestlé’s top tips for keeping kids hydrated this summer

Staying hydrated is important, especially for the little ones. 

How much water do children need to drink daily? There is no hard and fast rule as to know how much water you need to consume but most health experts recommend an average of eight glasses a day.

“Hydration is particularly important for children as they need more water during the day for many reasons among which are their fast growth rate, higher water percentage of their body, and being generally more active than adults,” said Dr. Carla Habib Mourad, clinical and community nutritionist and Nutritional Behavior Change Expert for Nestlé for Healthier Kids. 

“Children usually don’t ask for water as the first option when they are thirsty, and parents need to make it available and fun for them to ask for,” said Joumana Al-Dabbagh, nutrition specialist at Nestlé Middle East.

Here are some handy tips for keeping children’s hydration levels topped up while they have some fun in the sun:

• Make water your child’s first choice. Provide other beverages such as fresh fruit juices in moderation to avoid the empty calories and extra sugar that could lead to tooth decay.

• Try adding slices of fruits such as lemon or orange to water or freeze fruits like berries in ice cubes for a chilled infusion.

• Let your kids choose their own drink bottle or serve water in colorful glasses or jugs.

• Offer your child fruits and vegetables that have a high water content, such as cucumber, tomato, watermelon and strawberries.

• Remind your child to drink water before, after and during physical activity. The goal is to drink a half cup to two cups of water every 20 minutes while exercising even if your child claims they are not thirsty.

• Nestlé for Healthier Kids’ “Tummyfish” app encourages children to drink more water in a fun way. The app features a fish swimming in a child’s tummy that becomes happier and more vigorous when water is chosen over unhealthy drinks.


Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

Updated 12 August 2020

Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

A survey commissioned by Al-Aghar Group, an independent Saudi think tank, in partnership with global management consultancy Kearney, has revealed that most thought leaders and decision-makers in the Kingdom anticipate that COVID-19 will be a positive accelerant of the transformation already underway in the Kingdom. The survey focused specifically on the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Kingdom through 2025.

Respondents believed that COVID-19 is accelerating the advent of the “future of work” in the Kingdom and more than 65 percent see this as fundamentally positive. About 69 percent see the growing need for the retraining of employees as positive, spurring national adaptation to the new normal. However, the survey also revealed some concerns regarding the security of formal employment and self-employment, with 37 percent seeing the effect of the crisis as negative.

Most survey respondents (70 percent) expect education in the Kingdom to undergo a positive transformation with the adoption of new, innovative, and inclusive modes of learning.

Seventy-eight percent of the respondents believe that the impact of the pandemic on the health care in the Kingdom through 2025 will be highly beneficial.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents believe there will be a wide adoption of telemedicine services in the Kingdom in the near future, as patients gain greater comfort and confidence in this method of consultation with their health providers.

Most respondents believe the health crisis has accelerated the process of digital transformation in the country, particularly in the finance and retail sectors. Seventy-five percent of respondents see the anticipated wider prevalence of e-commerce as positive, and 89 percent see as positive increasing use of cashless payments for face-to-face transactions by 2025.

By 2025, 78 percent of respondents expect that COVID-19 will lead to a significant and welcome (83 percent) step change in government preparedness for future crises. Meanwhile, 68 percent of respondents anticipate a significant impact on government information-sharing and 65 percent anticipate a moderate, but positive change in the willingness of citizens to contribute toward government efforts.

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Saud, chairman, Al-Aghar Group, said: “Saudi Arabia has a proud history of resilience and has thrived even in the most challenging situations. While this pandemic has severely affected us all, the survey results confirm the depth of our intention to use this current situation to accelerate our national progress.”

Rudolph Lohmeyer, partner and head of National Transformations Institute at Kearney Middle East, said: “The survey results clearly reveal the deep, optimistic resilience of the Saudi people and their implicit commitment to the Kingdom’s national transformation. Despite the near-term hardships caused by the crisis, respondents anticipate that the most significant medium-term impacts will be positive.”