hlAugust 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.

 

 

caraga dostpinoy42015The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), is the lead agency in food and nutrition research and development in the country. One of its missions is to provide innovative technologies to fight malnutrition. In Caraga Region, the municipality of Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte is a recipient of DOST PINOY (Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children). DOST PINOY is a component of Malnutrition Reduction Program which aims to reduce the prevalence of undernutrition among infants and young children. The local government’s counterpart for the said project is to provide building/space for the processing area, the needed manpower and ingredients/materials to produce the DOST-FNRI developed complementary food products.

To start up, the FNRI-DOST conducted a 2-day DOST PINOY training workshop in Gigaquit, Surigao Del Norte last March 25-26, 2015. The participants were volunteer health workers and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) from different barangays. It was also participated by Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas, Nutrition Officer I of National Nutrition Council Caraga and some of the regional DOST staff. The participants were trained on how to teach mothers and caregivers about basic nutrition, maternal nutrition and how to prepare Bigmo. Bigmo is a cheaper rice-mongo blend, a nutritious complementary DOST PINOY food product.

Appropriate complementary feeding and breastfeeding are discussed in the training. Breastfeeding is one of the best practices of good nutrition. Exclusive breastfeeding is done from birth up to the first six months of life. Complementary feeding starts after 6 months to meet the nutritional need of a growing child.  Nutritious foods are added in the child’s diet while breastfeeding is continued. The participants also learned how to do affordable meal planning, backyard gardening and handling and preparing foods safely.

Ms. Vargas and DOST staff from different provinces were toured in the food processing plant. The facility will soon be opened to produce the DOST-FNRI developed complementary food products which can be availed by the neighboring municipalities, cities and provinces.

Ms. Gomez promoting healthy lifestyle and good nutrition through 10 KumainmentFebruary 23, 2015, National Nutrition Council Caraga joins Department of Health in celebrating the Heart Month with the theme “Alagaan ang iyong Puso, ugaliin ang healthy lifestyle” in Almont Inland, Resort, Butuan City.

Hypertension and diseases of the heart are among the ten leading causes of illnesses in the Philippines each year. Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels. Like cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, CVDs are among the top killers in the Philippines, causing more than half of all deaths annually and generally contribute to decreased human productivity and national economic growth retardation. These diseases are collectively known as Lifestyle Related Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) because they have common risk factors which are related to unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits.

Unhealthy lifestyle includes drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking and inactivity. Excessive drinking increased the risk for high blood pressure, heart diseases and can also lead to liver diseases. Aside from the health risks, alcohol contains calories and enhances your appetite and will make you eat more. Smoking increases risk of heart disease (which accounts for 35 to 40% of all smoking-related deaths), emphysema, cancer, stroke, asthma, lung infections, and dementia. Decreased physical activity due to the sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, increasing urbanization; and increased intake of foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugars but are low in vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients can cause overweight and obesity. Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.

Department of Health together with the National Nutrition Council intensified the health promotion on prevention and control of chronic lifestyle related NCDs to effect changes that would lead to significant reduction in mortality and morbidity due to lifestyle related NCDs.

The Health Month Celebration has conducted various activities which includes cholesterol and sugar level taking, weight and waist circumference measurement, bloodletting and interactive lecture discussion on smoking, orientation on Package of Essential Non-communicable disease interventions (PEN), obesity and overweight and coronary artery diseases. Ms. Rowena C. Gomez, Nutrition Officer II of NNC Caraga also introduced the 10 Kumainments and Mang Moi or Moises Dalisay, who handed down the 10 Kumainments and the campaign character that was patterned after Moises of the bible.

The program was ended with open-forum and zumba exercise led by DOH and NNC Caraga Staff.

A participant measures a child's mid-upperarm circumference (MUAC) during the Regional NIE Training last March 17-20, 2015.Mitigation of hunger and malnutrition is a foremost concern during emergencies. The nutrition cluster should link with other cluster and establish capacities at all levels. For this purpose, the National Nutrition Council-Caraga conducted the Regional Nutrition in Emergency training at Almont Inland Resort on March 17-20, 2015. Around 30 participants attended the training, composed of members of the Regional Nutrition Cluster, Provincial Nutrition Action Officers and Provincial Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) Coordinators. The resource persons and facilitators of the training were Office of Civil Defense-XIII staff Ms. Lorene S. Catedral, Department of Health HEMS staff Mr. Richard M. Maniago and NNC staff Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon and Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing.

The training covered four modules on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, the Nutrition In Emergency Personnel as Service Provider, the Nutrition In Emergency Personnel as Trainer, and the Nutrition In Emergency Personnel as Manager. The four-day training covered lectures, workshops and practical demonstrations during the first two days while the remaining time was allotted to the nutrition cluster contingency planning workshop.

The issues and concerns brought up during the training were the source of therapeutic food, distribution of MUAC tapes to the nutrition cluster respondents, institutionalization of the community management of acute malnutrition and composition of the general food distribution. The participants were also able to provide output on the contingency plan which will be integrated to the regional contingency plan with the Office of Civil Defense.

testing salt samples12015The National Nutrition Council with UNICEF organized the National Conference of Regional BantayAsin Task Forcesheld January 22-23, 2015 at the Bayview Park Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. The Regional BantayAsin Task Forces (RBATF) that was formed all-over the regions have significantly contributed to the supply of adequately-iodized salt by putting in place effective mechanisms for monitoring and enforcement of regulation. The conference aims to generate relevant and appropriate salt iodization initiatives adopted in the regions and lessons learned that may be replicated in regions with similar supply conditions and modalities of distribution. It also aims to generate inputs for stronger linkage and alignment of national and local initiatives.

 

The presentation and discussion during the two-day event highlighted the National Updates on Universal Salt Iodization Initiatives which Dr. Cecilia S. Acuin, Chief of FNRI-NAMD presented the 2013 NNS Disaggregated Data on UIE and Testing of Iodized Salt. Identified best practices of existing RBATF were also presented. Mayor Liwayway DC. Caramat of the Municipality of Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya shared their active involvement in Salt Checkpoint. She also shared their initiatives for improved program management, presence of internal and external support mechanism and strengthened income generating project (selling of iodized salt) of BNS Federation.Dr.Parolita A. Mission, NNC Regional Office VII NPC presented “Mainstreaming the Salt Iodization in Nutrition Programs” wherein their Regional Nutrition Committee is acting as their RBTF. She also shared how they mobilize partners.

 

The NNC Regional Office together with partners from DOH and FDA were requested to bring collected salt samples from public market and major supermarket. This was tested using the WYD Iodine Checker which was demonstrated by Ms. Annabelle V. Briones and Ms. Josie L. Pondevida from DOST-ITDI. Majority of the salt samples brought were low in iodine content. The required iodine content is 30-70 ppm for salt iodization for market and 15 ppm from household.

 

The National Conference of Regional BantayAsin Task Forces ended with a challenge to regions to revive and strengthen their RBATF in which NNC Caraga Regional Office is up for the challenge.#

CARAGA 2015 Federation Meeting

The National Nutrition Council provides assistance to the local nutrition programs. One of which is its technical assistance to the various federations of the local nutrition workers. As such, the NNC initiates the conduct of federation meetings of the Nutrition Action Officers, District/ City Nutrition Program Coordinators and Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

 

The BNS Federation had their meeting on February 18, 2015 at Patria’s Inn and Restobar. This was attended by Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation Officers from Bayugan City, Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, Surigao City, Tandag City, Provinces of Dinagat Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.  Federation President Ms. Mary B. Lomoljo (Surigao del Sur) presided over the meeting.  Highlight of the meeting is the finalization of their Constitution and By-Laws and the attendance to the upcoming BNS National Conference at General Santos City.

 

Meanwhile, the NAOs Federation meeting  was also conducted at Patrias Inn and Restobar on February 24, 2015. This was attended by Federation Officers from Bayugan City, Butuan City, Tandag City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Province of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. The meeting was presided by Federation President Ms. Laniebelle T. Angchangco of Agusan del Sur.  Highlight of the meeting is the finalization of their Constitution and By-Laws and registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the conduct of future activities, such as fund-raising events.

 

Finally, the D/CNPC First Quarter Meeting was held on March 5, 2015 at Luciana Convention Center. This was attended by D/CNPCs from Surigao City, Butuan City, Province of Dinagat Island and Surigao del Sur. Federation President Ms. Florence R. Dela Cruz (Surigao City) presided over the meeting. Highlights of the meeting is the Presidents Report, especially on the recently concluded D/CNPC National Conference. They also finalized Constitution and By-Laws and will now move for registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Afterwards, the D/CNPCs had an orientation on the filling up of the OBNS scoresheet.  ###

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