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.


KAEC to host this year’s MITEF startup contest

Updated 27 January 2020

KAEC to host this year’s MITEF startup contest

MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia, part of the MIT Enterprise Forum global network and partner of Bab Rizq Jameel, one of Community Jameel’s initiatives, announced a new collaboration with King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), whereby KAEC will be the strategic partner for the fourth edition of the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition.

Compared to previous editions, this year’s competition has witnessed remarkable progress in terms of the quality of entries. The total number of applicants since the launch of the competition in 2015 reached more than 6,000 participants, and 24 winning teams. This year’s edition attracted more than 1,500 participants. More than 320 local and Arab business experts and academics have participated in the judging process and the StartSmart conference in which winners are announced.

Ahmed bin Ibrahim Linjawi, CEO of KAEC, said: “This partnership reflects KAEC’s continuing efforts to promote the road map aimed at creating an attractive and stimulating environment that enables small and medium enterprises to raise their contribution to local production from 20 to 35 percent by 2030. Within this strategic partnership, we will work with the MIT Forum to strengthen the role of this vital sector in achieving the development goals as envisaged by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which emphasized the great role of entrepreneurs as the future economic power.”

Hussein Mohammed Jameel, managing director, Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “MITEF Saudi Arabia is proud of this constructive strategic partnership with KAEC, as part of the two sides’ efforts to provide a stimulating environment for business by supporting innovative initiatives and encouraging entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.”

He added: “In collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, the annual MITEF Saudi Startup Competition is the first-of-its-kind in Saudi Arabia. MITEF offers an invaluable opportunity to cultivate innovative projects into scalable initiatives, with teams comprising some of the most talented participants in the region. Supporting entrepreneurs is one of the tenets of Community Jameel’s vision and part of our country’s continuous efforts to motivate young entrepreneurs and their ideas to help build their career paths and achieve excellence. Youth is the key element in enhancing the Saudi startup environment and promoting the Kingdom’s economic standing worldwide.”

A judging panel of 46 business experts and academics from all over the world assessed more than 560 entries represented by 1,680 entrepreneurs in the light of the competition’s criteria, namely creativity, potential to expand beyond local markets, and making a positive impact on society.

The winners will be named at the StartSmart Conference on March 7 and will receive cash awards worth SR325,000 ($86,640).