August 25 and 28, 2015, NNC Caraga conducted Campaign on Good Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle among senior citizens, people with disabilities, indigenous people's group, law enforcers and personnel of correctional facilities at Baker's Joy Conference Hall, Butuan City.
The problem of malnutrition is still prevalent nationwide in the form of undernutrition, overnutrition and specific micronutrient deficiencies. Furthermore, the occurrence of non-communicable diseases is apparent nowadays, wherein overweight and obese individuals are in high risk particularly to hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular diseases, among others. This can be attributed to excessive intake of fatty foods, high consumption of sugar rich foods and salty foods. Physical inactivity and lack of exercise are also contributing factors to these diseases.
Educating the general public through mass campaign on good nutrition and healthy lifestyle is of prime importance in ensuring that basic knowledge on good nutrition and practice of healthy lifestyle are adopted, thus, leading to behaviour change and increase public’s consciousness and awareness on good nutrition. Good nutrition must be promoted not only focusing to the vulnerable groups like preschool, school children, pregnant women and lactating mothers; there are sectors in the society that needs to be targeted for good nutrition specifically the older person, people with disabilities and indigenous people’s group. On the other hand, the law enforcers and employees from correctional facilities were also participants of the campaign on good nutrition for them to be physical fit as well in order to perform their task to provide security and safety among the general public.
The topics focused merely on the importance of good nutrition and active and healthy lifestyle such as ten kumainments, healthy lifestyle programs, pinggang pinoy and belly gud program. Five keys on food safety of Department of Health were also promoted for safer water and food consumption.