The Ajyal Salima nutrition education program to enable healthier lives for children was implemented in a Train the Trainers workshop in Bahrain. The program was designed and delivered by a team of experts under the supervision of Dr. Carla Habib Mourad at the Nutrition department, FAFS, to equip nearly 30 teachers and health educators to successfully implement the program for 4th and 5th grade classes.
Ajyal Salima school programme was launched in Lebanon in 2010 in a partnership between Nestlé Middle East and AUB, introduced in Dubai (2012), Saudi Arabia (2014), the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (2015), and Palestine (2016), and implemented in collaboration with Ministries of Health and Education and local NGOs in each of those countries. In its 2019 Bahraini pilot run, Ajyal Salima will reach about 2,000 students. To date, the program has reached more than 90,000 public and private school students, targeting 8-14 year-olds. The Kanz Al-Sohat curriculum, developed at AUB, addresses issues specific to Middle Eastern communities and addresses nutritional habits and requirements. The program of 12 educational sessions per round includes interactive learning and hands-on activities about nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity. Questionnaires were developed to track improvement from pre to post interventions.