Photo SUN Planning WorkshopThe regional Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) networks of academe, business, civil society, and youth formulated their nutrition action plan for 2023-2025 during the planning workshop held on February 15, 2023 at Tiara Oriental Hotel, Makati City.

A total of 26 members of the Regional SUN Networks of Academe, Business, Civil Society, and Youth participated in the workshop which was facilitated by the National Nutrition Council โ€“ NCR (NNC-NCR) led by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Milagros Elisa V. Federizo.

Photo 2023 PPAN Movers GAAround 100 city/municipal nutrition program coordinators (C/MNPCs) from the 17 local government units (LGUs) in NCR attended the annual PPAN Moversโ€™ General Assembly held on February 27, 2023 via Zoom.

Recognizing the key role of LGUs as prime movers of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), the C/MNPCs since 2019 were mobilized as PPAN Movers in the region. They are continuously capacitated on planning appropriate nutrition programs, projects, and activities and mobilizing and generating resources for their local nutrition action plans. Facilitated by the National Nutrition Council โ€“ NCR (NNC-NCR), the 2023 general assembly aimed to inform the participants of the new legislations/policies and guidelines that will help them improve their implementation of PPAN programs in their localities.

Organization Meeting of the Metro Manila Association of Barangay Nutrition Action OfficersThe National Nutrition Council โ€“ NCR (NNC-NCR) organized the Metro Manila Association of Barangay Nutrition Action Officers (BNAO) during its first meeting held on February 10, 2023 at St. Giles Hotel, Makati City.

The Association is composed of the BNAO Presidents of the 17 LGUs in NCR except for the cities of Marikina, Manila, and Quezon City. These three (3) LGUs are still in the process of designating their BNAOs and organizing their local BNAO Association.

Together with the barangay nutrition scholar, the BNAO provides technical assistance to their barangay nutrition committee and coordinates the overall implementation and management of the nutrition program in the barangays. In NCR, there are a total of 388 BNAOs to date.

๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ฌ ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐‹๐๐„๐–๐’-๐…๐๐’ ๐‚๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐†๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‡๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ƒ๐š๐ญ๐š ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌThe National Nutrition Council-NCR (NNC-NCR) hosted a meeting with the members of the Navotas City Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) Core Group and Household Data Collectors on February 14, 2023 at Navotas Medical and Wellness Center, Navotas City.

A total of 17 participants attended the meeting: 6 members of the city core group from the planning, agriculture and nutrition offices and 11 household data collectors from the five (5) sentinel barangays of NBBS, Tangos, Tanza, Daanghari and San Roque.

The meeting was conducted as part of the monitoring of the LNEWS-FNS Project in the city. The main agenda was to plan for activities for 2023 since no data collection and other related activities were done from 2020 to present.

Heart month article v3To have a healthy and balanced diet, an adequate amount of fat is required to supply the proper amount of essential fatty acids, which are vital for the proper functioning of our cells.   

Fat also helps to absorb the different fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A for vision, Vitamin D for bone health, Vitamin E for its antioxidant properties, and Vitamin K for normal blood clotting. With this said, it is important to note that there are different kinds of fats, which may include the โ€œgood fatsโ€ or unsaturated fats, and the โ€œbad fatsโ€ or the saturated fats and trans fats.

Unsaturated fats are oils which are liquid at room temperature but turns solid when it is cold. Unsaturated fats are also typically from plant oils. This includes monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can both lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Monounsaturated fats can do this by lowering the โ€œbadโ€ cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein or LDL) without lowering the โ€œgoodโ€ cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein or HDL), while polyunsaturated fats can do this by lowering the bad cholesterol and increasing the good cholesterol.

Oathtaking Ceremony of the Officers and Board Members of Regional Associations CY 2023-2025 (NAO, C/DNPC, BNS, BNAO)The Officers and Board Members of the Association of Nutrition Action Officers of NCR, Inc. (ANAO-NCR), City/District Nutrition Program Coordinators (C/DNPCs) of Metro Manila Association, Inc., Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) of NCR, Inc., and the newly organized Metro Manila Association of Barangay Nutrition Action Officers (BNAO) for CY 2023-2025 took their oath of office on February 10, 2023 at St. Giles Hotel, Makati City.

These federated nutrition groups in NCR serve as the information and education arm of the National Nutrition Council โ€“ NCR (NNC-NCR) in coordinating the implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) in the region. The PPAN as the countryโ€™s framework for nutrition improvement layouts the targets, directions, and priority actions to address malnutrition. (Click to know more about the PPAN: