Basay, Negros Oriental – Identifying the need to refresh health and nutrition workers skills and knowledge in child growth assessment and monitoring, the municipality of Basay in the province of Negros Oriental is set to have clean and correct growth monitoring data.
The municipality has been noted as number 1 for the stunted and severely stunted and number 8 for the underweight and severely underweight in the whole province of Negros Oriental with a malnutrition rate of 30.5% and 8.1%, respectively in the 2017 Operation Timbang Plus report.
Borbon, Cebu - The Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) of Borbon, Cebu led by the Municipal Health Office together with Helen Keller International (HKI) launched the ECCD F1K Program on 02 July 2018 during their Nutrition Month Launching at the Municipal Gym, Poblacion, Borbon, Cebu.
The launching program attended by almost one thousand participants composed of mothers, household heads, students, barangay nutrition scholars and barangay health workers, and other nutrition advocates was the highlight of the municipality’s 2018 Nutrition Month celebration.
What happens when food gardens filled with fruits and vegetables start in the backyards of families? We have this piece of assurance that can put food on the table. Before they know it, the family is addressing together the serious issues of malnutrition and food and nutrition insecurity in their own household. Following the old wisdom of families who pray together stay together, families who grow food together grow healthily together. From families, the practice of food gardening can be replicated to schools and communities. The impact would be fantastic.
This year, the importance of food gardens is given extra importance through the celebration of the 44th Nutrition Month with the theme, Ugaliing magtanim, sapat na nutrisyon aanihin! Nutrition Month, as mandated by Presidential Decree 491, is an an annual campaign to raise citizen’s awareness of good nutrition in the Philippines. It is led by the National Nutrition Council and celebrated by nutrition committee members, partners, and stakeholders, at all levels, across the country.
After the scorching hot summer, the cold weather has finally arrived at our doorsteps bringing rain showers to rejuvenate the thirsty surroundings. It is a great relief from the heat, but also brings host of diseases to weaken our immune system.
In the Philippines, June marks the start of the rainy season as the southwest monsoon starts to hit the shores of the archipelago. The start of classes also falls around that time and children are being exposed to an environment that promotes illnesses and diseases. During rainy days dengue, leptospirosis, cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and influenza are just few of the many illnesses one may get. (https://www.rappler.com/nation/183043-doh-tips-common-rainy-season-diseases-prevention)
To prevent getting sick on rainy days and keep ourselves, warm and happy despite the dampening weather, here are some nutrition tips for the rainy days:
Cebu City, 26 June 2018 – Nine-thirty in the morning is the magic hour for the Regional Nutrition Committee as it conducts a region-wide simultaneous food gardening activity on 02 July 2018.
Central Visayas’ RNC will head said gardening activity, which encourages all agencies and LGUs to plant simultaneously fruits and vegetables, with a launching program at the Pick and Pay, Brgy. Subangdaku, Mandaue City to officially launch the 44th Nutrition Month celebration.
Said activity is done in collaboration with the Mandaue City Nutrition Committee and the Subangdaku Barangay Nutrition Committee along with the rest of the local government units who will also join the simultaneous launching activity in their respective areas.
Subangdaku, Mandaue City – Seven hundred forty (740) participants joined the Regional Simultaneous Food Gardening which marked the official opening on the month-long celebration of the 2018 Nutrition Month in Central Visayas.
Dr. Parolita A. Mission, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of National Nutrition Council VII in her speech during the launching program held at the Pick and Pay, Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City on 02 July 2018, urged the public to set up food garden and reiterated the importance of home gardening in rural or urban areas for food security, healthy diets and healthy families in Central Visayas.