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By: Foe  05-Apr-2012

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Milo PLAY Movement

A report commissioned by food manufacturer Nestle Milo has been getting a lot of media coverage recently. It claims to show that “nearly 1 in 2 (46%) children don’t play every day.”

The report is so shoddy that it doesn’t even give the question asked to obtain this finding, let alone say whether it was the children, parents or grandparents included in the survey who provided the data.

This is part of a clever marketing campaign by Nestle Milo. They are “calling for New Zealand families to come together and incorporate active play into each and every day” and have also launched a Facebook page where they claim to be “the official drink of play”.

While we totally support kids being involved in active, unstructured play, we would be more excited if Nestle Milo, as a food company, addressed food issues and the amount of sugar in its products, rather than focusing on physical activity. After all:

  • Milo “energy food drink” is 46 percent sugar. And – another physical activity connection – it’s sponsored by NZ Cricket (source: Robin’s pantry);
  • children’s breakfast cereal Nestle Milo is 27.2% sugar (source: Supermarket packet).

Some of the media coverage

Creative advertising trade magazine Campaign Brief outlines Milo’s new campaign and asks readers to vote if they think it is a clever strategy by Milo.

Source: Campaign, 12 Mar 2012

Source: NZ Herald, 12 March 2012

State to target mums-to-be
The government is set to reduce funding for adult nutrition programmes and will instead target pregnant women to tackle the obesity crisis.

FOE says: nothing wrong in targeting future mums, but again the focus is on ineffective education rather than changing the food environment to make healthy choices easier.