As much as the elderly want to enjoy a relaxed and stress-free life in retirement, old age has a way of making it difficult for them to achieve that. Other than just weakening of bones and muscles, aging also brings along a myriad of other health concerns which prevents them from making the most of their golden years. So much for an easy retirement, it becomes increasingly difficult and expensive to stay healthy at this stage.

While that may be the case in general, the good news is that some measures can still be taken. Even though these means cannot prevent the advancement of age, it can, at the very least, slow down its effects and help in the prevention of serious health issues. Moreover, these activities are not strenuous and can be done by pretty much everyone.

So, without much further ado, here they are:

  • Go for a healthy diet- With how many food options that we have these days, it’s so easy to just choose the ones that taste good or are easily accessible despite being not so health-friendly. But remember, eating healthy is so much more crucial at this point in our lives. This is very important because with the right kind of food, not only can you maintain strong bones and muscles, it can also keep your mind sharp and boost your immune system. If you still want to do the things you love, this is a must.

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December is upon us and its arrival heralds the beginning of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. While it is good to relax, enjoy, and indulge in what the holidays have to offer, we cannot be too complacent, especially when it comes to our diet and health.

In a study published in the journal of the American Heart Association, it was found that cases of death related to cardiovascular diseases see a spike around December and January. To explain this phenomenon, several factors were determined. Among the list of explanations, one of the risk factors mentioned is the abrupt change in the exercise, work, diet, and drinking patterns which people adapt during the said holidays.

With that being the case, this should serve as a reminder of the importance of staying healthy even during this holiday season. This, of course, does not mean you can no longer enjoy and participate in the festivities. Even while being careful, you can still eat, play, and have your share of the fun. You just need to take some extra effort and precaution to stay fit and healthy. 

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Senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with comorbidities are not the only ones susceptible to the Covid-19 infection.

Those who have difficulty in processing information; those who could hardly communicate their thoughts, and those who are highly dependent on care providers are equally at risk to infection, according to Dr. Gwendolyn Cayad, medical specialist V of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Psychiatry Department.

Cayad was one of the speakers in the health and nutrition seminar organized by the CAR Media Educators on Nutrition and the National Nutrition Council-CAR in partnership with the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO).

Cayad said while disability alone does not make a PWD at higher risk of getting the infection, they are still at risk because of their condition.

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In a few days, the month of November finally comes to a close and along with it, the end of this year’s National Children’s Month (NCM). While that may be so, the fight to protect the rights of children does not stop there. As many challenges are still left in this facet of development, the conclusion of this year’s NCM activities but marks another chapter in this ongoing battle for a better life for the Filipino children.

With the strong momentum from NCM, this is a good opportunity to once again restart this endeavor by reminding everyone of what these children’s rights are and their importance.

So, what exactly are children rights? Basically, children’s rights are entitlements and freedom inherent to children or granted them by law. They are essential for the proper development of a child as they serve to guarantee them acceptable standards for health, wellbeing, and safety of children. 

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, -- Stunting among under-five children in the province has decreased in the past three years.

The province has a stunting prevalence of 9.9 percent in 2017, was reduced to 9.27 percent in 2018 and almost two percent drop or 7.5 percent in 2019 based on the regular Operation Timbang.

For this achievement in line with the National Nutrition Month’s theme, “Batang Pinoy, Sana Tall… Iwas Stunting, Sama All!” and “Iwas ALL din sa COVID-19”, the   province will be among the  local government units that will be recognized    in the regional virtual awarding ceremony on October 20, 2020 by  the National Nutrition Council-  Cordillera. 

Apart from the provincial government, 11 municipal local government units in the province  will also  be awarded for the continuous decrease in stunting prevalence.  These are Atok, Bakun, Buguias, Itogon, Kabayan, La Trinidad, Tuba, and Tublay while those with below 10 percent recorded stunting are the municipalities of Buguias, Itogon, Kabayan, Tuba, Tublay, Bokod, Mankayan, and Sablan.

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Baguio City-The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) CAR through the National Nutrition Council CAR held the first Virtual Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony last October 20, 2020.

The Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) was done yearly to recognize high performing LGUs for their exemplary performance in championing nutrition. To adopt with the new normal, the RNAC 2020 was conducted virtually which was joined by around 100 participants through zoom app and facebook live.

Awards for this year were based on the improvement of stunting prevalence in line with the focus of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition. Three awards were approved by the RNC CAR through a resolution during its meeting held on March 10, 2020 namely - LGUs with continuous decrease of stunting prevalence from 2017-2019; LGUs with stunting prevalence below 10%; and high performing schools divisions on supplementary feeding program.

Thirty-one LGUs with consistent decrease of stunting prevalence from 2017-2019 while 25 LGUs with stunting prevalence with below 10% were recognized. Overall, 56 LGU awardees and 2 schools divisions were recognized during the event.