Keep your body healthy and fit despite the summer heatSun, sea, vacation, outdoors and tan lines.  These are some of the words we use to describe summer. Summer is the perfect time for enjoyment, relaxation and for people to go on their much-awaited vacation.

However, summer is also known for these common diseases: sore eyes, sunburn, cough and colds (sipon at ubo), dog bite (sakmal ng aso), stomach ailments (diarrhea and vomiting), and skin diseases.

Nowadays, movement and unnecessary travels are restricted due to the imposed modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. However, we can still enjoy the summer in the comfort of our home. Here are a few tips on how to keep your body safe, fit, and healthy despite the summer heat.

Meeting with DSWD re 4PsThe Department of Social Welfare and Development in NCR (DSWD-NCR) Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas together with the members of Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) had a virtual meeting with National Nutrition Council -NCR (NNC-NCR) Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Milagros Elisa V. Federizo on April 6, 2020. 

The virtual meeting is part of the series of courtesy visits to the Regional Directors of NCR being conducted by the DSWD-NCR RPMO to ensure convergence of programs and services by all national government agencies involved in the implementation of Republic Act 11310 or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Pantawid Pamilya. The main objective of the visit is to align the mandate of each agency to their respective roles in the direction of the 4Ps which is to uplift the level of well-being of the beneficiaries through convergence effort of various stakeholders.

Guests and participants of the refresher course on infant and young child feeding for NCR Breastfeeding FriendsIn its commitment to continually assist the City/District Nutrition Program Coordinators (C/DNPCs) of Metro Manila Association in their Online IYCF Counseling Project, the National Nutrition Council-NCR (NNC-NCR) conducted a 2-day virtual Refresher Course on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) for the NCR Breastfeeding Friends (BFFs) on March 30-31, 2021.

The activity was attended by thirty-three (33) NCR BFFs from the 17 cities and municipality in Metro Manila except Marikina and Quezon City.

The online IYCF counseling project was put up by the Association on April 8, 2020 to help mothers in feeding their infants and young children the right way amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Association who are registered Nutritionist-Dietitians trained on IYCF call themselves NCR BFFs. They provide free online counseling to mothers/caregivers who are having problems related to breastfeeding and complementary feeding.

C/DNPC of Metro Manila Association, Inc. and National Nutrition Council - NCR's Online IYCF Counseling Project: A Year AfterExactly a year ago today, April 8, 2020, the Online IYCF Counseling Project of the City/District Nutrition Program Coordinators (C/DNPC) of Metro Manila Association was launched as part of the campaign in promoting proper infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the assistance from the National Nutrition Council – NCR (NNC-NCR), the Association established an online counseling for mothers/caregivers who are having problems related to IYCF. This was in response to the overwhelming queries on breastfeeding received through social media, various online posts of mothers asking/requesting formula milk and calls for milk donation that started during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in 2020.

We make change work for women, Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!This year’s national women’s month celebration may have come to an end but the call for concrete, sustainable, and inclusive actions towards gender equality continues. The month-long celebration with the theme, “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!”, highlighted the resiliency of Juanas and their ability to thrive in these challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In these difficult times, we need empowered Juanas who have the ability to determine their own choices and exercise their right to influence social change for themselves and others. As the nation focused on the importance of gender-equality emphasizing women empowerment this March, we are reminded that women or the Juanas play significant roles not only in the battle against COVID-19 but in building a better society through good nutrition. Women empowerment is a pathway to improving child nutrition.

Compendium of Local Ordinances on Nutrition Online Review of Draft Narratives of the cities of Malabon and PasigOrdinances from Malabon and Pasig were selected from among the nutrition and nutrition-related ordinances in the country that will be featured in the National Nutrition Council’s publication of Compendium of Local Ordinances on Nutrition. In this publication, selected 20 local ordinances will be featured from the 17 regions, across various thematic clusters.

Narratives of Malabon City Ordinance No. 06-2020 “An Ordinance Strengthening the Karinderia para sa Kalusugan ni Chikiting at Buntis in the City of Malabon, Institutionalizing its Operating Mechanism and for Other Purposes”  and Pasig City Ordinance No. 64 s. 2017 “An Ordinance Mandating all public and private preparatory, elementary and secondary schools to promote healthy food and beverages, prohibiting the sale and/or promotion of all unhealthy food and beverages inside school gate and within 50 meters of the school’s gate and providing penalties for the violation thereof” are both nearing completion.