Group Photo of Province of Nueva Vizcaya with NNC OfficialsBAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, -- National Nutrition Council (NNC) Executive Director Maria Bernardita Flores recently cited the good practices of the province which elevated its status as a Nutrition Honor Awardee.

Flores who led the National Evaluation Team of the NNC during the validation of the province in May this year recognized the strong support of the local government units of the province that paved the way for the sustained implementation of nutrition programs and activities.

She mentioned in a report that some of the best practices/programs of the province, which contributed to the province’s outstanding performance in nutrition are the "Search for Idol kong Pamilya," a program that recognizes poor families whose children have good nutritional status and regularly attend school, parents have no vices, absence of debt delinquencies and negative history of domestic violence.

KalesaTUAO, Cagayan, - In its aim to advocate proper nutrition especially among schoolchildren in this town, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Region 2 conducted one-of-a-kind nutri-kalesa painting contest on July 12.

Twenty teams composed of high school students competed in the nutri-kalesa painting contest with the theme "Ugaliing Magtanim, Wastong Nutrisyon ay Aanihin".

Emerging as champion are students from Itawes National Agricultural and Technical School (INATS) Bulagao campus with their masterpiece depicting the long term benefits of food gardening.

According the NNC, it was the first time in the history of the Nutri-Kalesa painting competition that a student with special needs successfully competed in the contest.

Nurition Officer John Nestor Ballad said the participation of 12th grader Albert Caguiao of the INATS Alabug campus, who despite special condition conceptualized his team’s design entry.

Frank Daguio, his coach, said Albert is really creative and passionate in doing arts. Though Albert’s team didn’t win, he vowed to perform better next competition.

NM MonthTUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 10 (PIA)--The National Nutrition Council (NNC) here promotes the importance and benefits of food gardening in this year’s Nutrition Month celebration with the theme “Ugaliing Magtanim, Sapat na Nutrisyon ay Aanihin”.

According to NNC-OIC Nutrition Program Coordinator Maria Gisela Lonzaga, food gardening refers to an intimate, multi-storey combinations of various trees and crops, vegetables, fruits and herbs, sometimes in association with domestic animals, primarily for domestic consumption and secondary for additional household income.
Lonzaga said the nutrition month celebration this year also advocates sustainable food gardening among families, communities and even in workplaces to promote diet diversification, reduce food poverty and increase the consumption of vegetables and fruits that is essential in addressing micronutrient deficiency or lack of vitamins and minerals among the population.

She said that based on the result of the 7th National Nutrition Survey, about 7 out of 10 households (67.7%) practice food gardening at home.

vice govCABARROGUIS, Quirino – Vice Governor May Calaunan, provincial nutrition action officer (PNAO) on Budget and Legislation, has urged all employees of the provincial capitol and national government offices to give due attention to proper nutrition.

Speaking at the launching of the 2018 Nutrition Month at the provincial gymnasium recently, Calaunan told the employees to be models of nutrition by ensuring that their families get the correct amount of nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that they need to maintain good health.

The lady vice governor has underscored the importance of vegetable gardens in every home as the main source of healthy and safe foods for the family.

Citing results of the previous Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) survey that named Quirino as one of the provinces in the Philippines with the lowest recorded average height, Calaunan said this is partly due to the lack of vegetable gardens in the homes as sources of healthy and nutritious food.


NNC R02 Balay ni IFAN Media Group shares best practices to CARMENu

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, June 18 - - Members of the Balay ni Ifan Media group here shared best practices in the advocacy and promotion of good nutrition with the members of the Cordillera Administrative Region Media Educators on Nutrition (CARMENu) recently.

The Ifan media, already on its ninth year of operation, is recognized as the first media organization on nutrition in the country, established by the National Nutrition Council (NNC), Region 02 in 2009 as part of the government’s accelerated hunger mitigation program.

Ma. Gisela Lonzaga, nutrition program coordinator, said the local media has been a great partner of the NNC in educating the public on the best ways to achieve good nutrition among family members, especially children.

“The group became a pillar of the NNC in improving the nutritional status of the region as members played significant roles in encouraging every family to sustain healthy living,” Lonzaga said.

During the benchmarking activity, Teresa Campos, member of the Balay ni Ifan, presented the evolution of the organization, its accomplishments and partnership initiatives with other organizations and local government units.

On the other hand, Marilou Guieb, president of CARMENu, appreciated the openness of the Ifan members in sharing ideas on how to ensure sustainability of the organization and good relationship among members.

MeggieTUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 12 (PIA) - - The National Nutrition Council (NNC) urged parents to regulate the screen time exposure of their children as it affects their nutritional status.

Ma. Gisela Lonzaga, OIC-nutrition program coordinator, said the region is facing double burden on malnutrition following the results of studies on the prevalence of underweight and obesity among children.

She said aside from unhealthy food intake of children, physical inactivity attributed by the increasing screen time habit of the children causes malnutrition problem.

“Children now dedicate most of their time in watching televisions and using electronic gadgets. The effects may result into overweight or underweight,” Lonzaga said.

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