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Beko embarks on Global Mission to Prevent Childhood Obesity with FC Barcelona

Beko is taking on a global mission to help prevent childhood obesity via its Eat Like A Pro initiative, and this week is delighted to announce an exciting partnership with UNICEF and existing sponsorship partner, FC Barcelona and its Foundation, to raise €1,000,000 for the cause.

Beko will not only inspire and raise awareness about the global challenge of obesity in childhood but has a goal to raise €1,000,000 for UNICEF by encouraging people all over the world to share their healthy eating habits on social media. For each #EatLikeAPro post that appears on Instagram or Twitter, Beko will donate €1 for UNICEF.

The donation will help children worldwide through various UNICEF programmes, ultimately striving to prevent child malnutrition, in all its forms, including overweight and obesity in children globally. FC Barcelona and Barça Foundation are joining this campaign not only because two of their partners start working together, but also cause the promotion of healthy habits is a central component in Barça Foundation programs.

If current trends persist, by the year 2025, there will be over 70million children in the world suffering from overweight or obesity and Beko wants to change this by raising awareness and supporting a worldwide movement to help children eat healthier. In support of the donation activity, during El Clásico, 6th May – the most watched domestic club match in the world – Beko will give up brand visibility on the players sleeve to highlight its healthy eating initiative, Eat Like A Pro.

The FCB team will unveil its new kit on the day, celebrating the campaign by proudly wearing their sleeves dedicated to the initiative, #EatLikeAPro. The all-star team is inspirational to millions of children around the world and, as heroes for so many young people, will help to encourage children to eat healthier and look after themselves through a balanced and nutritious diet and physical exercise.

Eat Like A Pro, aims to grant families access to the eating habits of the team’s finest players educating parents and children from around the world about the importance of a healthy diet and a balanced lifestyle.

With its global presence, UNICEF will strive to eliminate hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition in children on a global scale. UNICEF promotes the rights and the well-being of every child, with a special focus on reaching the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. The funds raised will help improve the quality of children’s diets and reduce the rising childhood obesity rates. Those sharing their healthy eating posts on social will also have a chance to win a limited edition signed FC Barcelona training and match day shirts, featuring #EatLikeAPro from El Clasico week.  Barça Foundation will be supporting this campaign through its media channels, promoting the participation among their more than five million of followers around the world.

Beko’s CEO Hakan Bulgurlu explains: “Childhood obesity is a worldwide issue and we are delighted that three leading global brands - FC Barcelona and two of their biggest partners - are uniting to help tackle the challenge. At Beko, we are striving to tackle this crisis through using innovative technologies that make healthy eating easier whilst raising awareness and donations for UNICEF with FC Barcelona through a social call to action and the sleeve reveal at this year’s El Clásico match.”

Victor Aguayo, Chief of UNICEF Global Nutrition Programme, comments: “Childhood obesity is increasingly affecting the poorer families and countries, largely due to diets that do not provide children all the nutrients they need to grow healthy. We welcome the support of our partners Beko and FC Barcelona, who will work closely with us to bring about positive change for children globally”.

Jordi Cardoner, vice president of FC Barcelona and Barça Foundation, said: “In all our programs that use the FutbolNet methodology, and that are reaching 120,000 children and youth around the world, we use the physical activity and the value of "Respect", in this case respect towards oneself, to reinforce healthy habits “

This specific contribution by Beko, will support UNICEF nutrition programmes in Latin America, where an estimated 23% of school-age children are overweight or obese. The epidemic is increasingly affecting the poorer families and children and UNICEF, with the support of Beko and FCB, wants to change this.

Beko’s aim is simple: to help prevent childhood obesity through awareness raising and education. In partnership with Beko, UNICEF will implement a programme designed to improve the eating habits of 600,000 primary school-age children in Latin America. The initiative is designed to provide the necessary education and support about the importance of healthy eating at home and in schools for children’s healthy growth and development.

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