Everybody knows how important proper nutrition is. However, nutrition is often slighted. Serving healthy meal options on the dining table can be a reality struggle for many today.
Modern living has so much to do with the state of household nutrition of many Filipinos. Fast-paced lifestyle drives the preference for everything that comes instantly quick and easy due to demanding work and household errands. Time is literally gold for many and inadvertently, at times, nutrition is sidetracked.
Financial incapacity is another reason. Many Filipinos are still living below poverty line making it difficult to provide their family decent amount of nutritious foods.
The imminent challenge is for those who is financially-incapacitated and time-challenged to gain easy access to nutritious foods readily available for daily consumption.
Fully aware of this situation the National Nutrition Council (NNC) heightened its nutrition campaign this year by promoting food gardening as intermediary solution to address malnutrition.
With the theme “Ugaliing magtanim, sapat na nutrisyon aanihin!”, the 2018 Nutrition Month is geared towards advocating food gardening as stop-gap measure to address micronutrient deficiencies among children, reduce food poverty, increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and improve the socioeconomic condition of Filipinos.
“Establishing food garden creates a food-secure community wherein family gets fresh food from their backyard - they know what is in their backyard and know what they are putting up in their garden. Since variety of foods is available, family is assured of the nutrients needed to prevent micronutrient deficiencies. Growing your own fruits and vegetables will save money because you won’t need to buy as much food. Also, teaching children to garden gives them immeasurable life skills of independence while encouraging them to eat more vegetables as well” said Nutrition Council Region 10 OIC-NPC Gladys Mae S. Fernandez.