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Nearly all (98%) Filipinos nationwide believe that it is important for the government to provide information on proper nutrition and diet, says Pulse Asia’s December 2019 Ulat ng Bayan Survey Report. The survey further revealed that 97% of Filipinos believed that it is important for government to address malnutrition.

The NNC-commissioned survey aimed to determine the recall of nutrition messages among Filipinos. The results showed that among the messages recalled were the 10 Kumainments or the popularized version of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.  The campaign was launched in 2014 and after 5 years, a fairly high recall as one in five Filipinos (20%) say that they have read, heard or watched something about the 10 Kumainments. Of the 10 messages in the 10 Kumainments, 80% of the respondents who were aware of the 10 Kumainments recalled the message on “eating fruits and vegetables”.

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) encourages government workers to avail of the FREE psychosocial first aid, assessment, and intervention provided by the following individuals and institutions equipped to help deal with emotional crises, stress, and anxiety:
 
*Department of Health Covid-19 Emergency Operations Center
Hotline 1555; 02-894-COVID (26843)

*National Center for Mental Heath 24/7 Crisis Hotline
0917-899-USAP (8727)
(02) 989-USAP (8727)

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NUTRITION CLUSTER ADVISORY #1 MESSAGE 12, SERIES 2020

The Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to stay at home.  No one can go to work, run their usual errands, and even go to the gym or community parks for a quick exercise for fear of being infected by the virus.  But despite this, people are advised to take care of their health while at home, by observing proper hygiene, eating proper diet, having adequate sleep for 6-8 hours and engaging in regular physical activity, to lower the risk of acquiring the virus.

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We often hear that carbohydrates are important as our body’s main source of energy. At the same time, we also hear carbohydrates being blamed for causing weight gain. To settle this issue, it is important to know that not all carbohydrates are created equal.

Carbohydrates as  major source of energy in the diet comprise around half the total calories and are manufactured mainly by plants. The family of dietary carbohydrate includes simple carbohydrates such as honey and sugars, and complex carbohydrates such as starches and dietary fiber. Simple carbohydrates are quickly absorbed in the small intestine that result to an increase in blood sugar and provide a quick boost of energy. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, take longer to break down which means that there is no rapid spike in blood sugar.