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.


LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

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LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the Middle East, awarded a total of 12 young students of different nationalities from Saudi Arabia, India, Philippines, and Egypt, a chance to visit the NASA center in the US.
LuLu’s back-to-school promotion called “Fly to NASA” was held in partnership with Almarai. The hypermarket hosted a competition last September in search of students who are science and space knowledge enthusiasts to experience and visit the NASA center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Shehim Mohammed, LuLu Hypermarket director of Saudi Arabia, said: “We are glad to finally announce the winners of this innovative campaign, which is a first and the most unique among our activations over the years of operating in the region. Thank you to our partner Almarai for joining hands with us in this exciting promotion. This is the first time that LuLu will lead a great opportunity to children who have the high potential to grow and learn more while having fun through science.”
Winners include: Abrez Hussain, Mohammed Ahmed, Rayyan Abdul Aziz, Naif Saad Altwaim, Osama Al-Harbi, Hugh Matthew, Khalid Abdul Aziz, Munther Mohammed Qasim Abujazar, Ahmad Gahwagy, Ahmed Khalaf, Hamza Ladha and Asif Rijo.
“Fly to NASA” winners will get to enjoy and experience a one-week trip, which will include five days of fun and learning at NASA’s Space Camp. The selection process involved two phases — first was the preliminary online registration, while the final stage featured a live quiz to obtain the top 12 winners. Students aged 9 to 18 years were encouraged to register and join the online activation.
With 185 stores operating worldwide, LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries, which include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world, garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons everyday.
LuLu is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.