Retailers and consumers are struggling nowadays from the expensive production and freight cost of pork. In some areas in Metro Manila, meat traders and vendors went on a pork holiday due to the imposed price cap by the government. Consumers are left with an option to look for alternative protein sources. Protein is a vital macronutrient needed for structural support and physiological functions such as tissue repair and nutrient absorption. One of the few misconceptions on the role of protein in the body is that people tend to link meat with protein and muscle building. Although this is partly correct, overemphasizing meat in the diet may crowd out other equally important food and nutrients .
Whether you are finding affordable meat alternatives that fit into your budget or just trying to add more plant-based food in your diet, here are some nutri-tips to get your daily protein needs.
It is known that the first quarter of the year is one of the busiest times for the nutrition workers especially the Barangay Nutrition Scholars for the conduct of Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus.
OPT Plus is the annual weighing and height measurement of all preschool children 0-59 months old. This is conducted to identify and locate the malnourished children for referral to relevant nutrition and nutrition-related services.
Among the indicators quantified during OPT Plus is the number of underweight and severely underweight children. Weight gain is an indicator of growth while weight loss or no change in weight are indicators of poor growth.
Taking weight includes the proper measurement tools to ensure accuracy. The hanging weighing scale is commonly used during the OPT Plus. The scale can weigh up to 25 kg and is graduated by 0.1kg (100g) increments.
NNC-IX conducts Orientation on the Nutrition Service Continuity Online Survey for Local NAOs and NPCs
A total of 46 participants, consisting of Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and District/City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators of the component LGUs in Region 9, attended the Orientation on the Nutrition Service Continuity Online Survey conducted by the National Nutrition Council Region IX via Google Meet on 07 January 2021 at 9AM.
In her welcome remarks, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nimfa D. Ekong greeted the participants and expressed her gratitude for their participation. She emphasized in her message the importance of the continuity in the delivery of nutrition services amidst the persisting COVID-19 pandemic most especially to the vulnerable groups to counteract the negative impact of the problem. She also mentioned that this survey is critical in planning and in crafting innovative interventions to prevent further deterioration of nutritional status, thus, responses from the component LGUs are deemed necessary to provide an overall picture of the nutrition situation of the region.