Save kids’ lives by being active!
Did you know that when you are active and walk or exercise, you can save another kid’s live? There is a new program from UNICEF that empowers you to help a malnourished child survive. It is called KidPower and it’s a little bracelet that counts the steps and movements you make every day. For every mile you’ve walked you earn points. These points release funds that UNICEF gets from their partners. And with this money UNICEF will buy packages of therapeutic food — such as enriched peanut butter — to give to a child in need. The more active you are the more kids you can help!
Peanut butter fights malnutrition
Peanut butter isn’t loved by all. Some people are allergic to peanuts and develop severe reactions when coming in contact with them. But for millions of people, especially children, a special form of peanut butter that contains added nutrients is actually a life saver. It is used as a therapeutic food, food that can heal from malnourishment.
Malnourishment means that a human body for a long time didn’t get the vitamins and minerals it needs to be healthy. For children under the age of five this is particularly devastating because they won’t grow properly, their brains won’t develop as they should, and they become sick and often die. In many places around the world, especially in parts of Asia and of Africa, families are so poor that they can’t afford nutritious food.
One in nine people in the world — mostly in developing countries — doesn’t get enough to eat or enough nutrients to be healthy. When children aren’t well nourished they are too weak to play, or too hungry to learn in school.
Is there a solution?
Hunger and malnutrition can be overcome. There is actually enough food on our planet for everyone. If individuals, companies, organizations and governments work together they can ensure that every human has sustainable access to nourishing food. Distributing therapeutic food in form of peanut butter to developing countries is just one small step to fight the problem. Education, lending money to small farmers — especially to women and indigenous people — equal distribution of food and protecting ecosystems and biodiversity are other solutions to end hunger and malnutrition for good.
What you can do?
One way you can help is to participate in the UNICEF KidPower program. Tell your school about it too, it’s a great way for the whole class to learn about the world and make a difference together.