City of San Fernando, La Union – The National Nutrition Council Region 1 (NNC 1) and the just organized Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines – La Union (NDAP-LU) Chapter sealed and successfully launched its partnership for its online nutrition promotion and social media talk show dubbed as “Let’s Talk Nutrition” consisting of 16 episodes which will run from August to November 2022 via the NNC 1 Official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.
The said online talk show aims to improve the knowledge of the general public on proper nutrition particularly to encourage them to practice proper eating behavior and a healthy lifestyle.
It also aims to improve audience recall of the existing nutrition guidelines like the 10 Kumainments, Pinggang Pinoy, and First 1000 Days among others. Lastly, to have a massive nutrition campaign together with other nutrition promotion platforms such as the conduct of webinars, fora, etc.
Due to the massive success of the previous year’s advocacy program, the “Let’s Talk NAO”, the National Nutrition Council redesigned the program and tapped the expertise of NDAP La Union on nutrition information and updates.
Mr. Kendall Gatan, Officer-in-Charge of NNC 1 said that as we transition to New Normal, the public must be aware and equipped with proper knowledge of nutrition information and updates from professional and reliable sources.
“Sa panahon nga po ng New Normal, there’s a massive realization that indeed Health is really Wealth. And naniniwala po tayo that Nutrition is the foundation of Health. Kaya kailangan po nating bigyang pansin ang nutrisyon not only as an individual but as a community and as a nation. Isa po sa realization din during the pandemic na dapat laging kasama ang nutrisyon sa ating mga program at strategies towards a resilient country. Sa pagkakataong ito ay gusto ko pong pasalamatan lahat ng nakapag-contribute sa success ng ating proyekto ang Let’s Talk Nutrition. Of course ang ating partner na Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines La Union Chapter na pinapangunahan ni Ma’am Leny Calaguas as the President at sa lahat po ng officers and members of the Chapter na kaka-organize lang pero aktibo na pong nakikisalamuha para sa programang pang-nutrisyon. At sa mga technical people din po na naging support po natin upang maging successful po yung activity natin. At sa ating mga tagasubaybay kasi kayo po ang dahilan kaya po meron po tayong programa na ganito kasi naniniwala po kami na lahat po tayo ay marami pong pwedeng gawin para po ma-improve yung nutrition situation ng ating bansa at nag-uumpisa po ito sa ating sarili at sa ating pamilya bago po sa ating komunidad at sa ating bayan hanggang ma-improve po natin ang nutrition situation ng buong Pilipinas.”
Ms. Jovita Leny Calaguas of DOH-CHD1 and President of NDAP-LU also expressed her gratitude to the National Nutrition Council for this opportunity to maximize the presence of the Registered Nutritionist-Dietitians in the Province as the voice of nutrition advocacy online especially in this time of pandemic.
“Napakagandang behikulo ng talk show na ito para makapagpahatid tayo ng magandang balita tungkol sa nutrition, tungkol sa health at mga updates. Kumbaga ano yung bago sa nutrisyon. Ano ang mga bagong ginagawa para ma-improve ang pagpapasuso ng nanay. Ito po ay napakalaking tulong hindi lang sa mga mothers pati na rin sa general na mga nanonood sa programang ito. Maraming salamat sa NNC sa pag-invite po sa amin para sa proyektong ito at hoping pa po kami sa mas marami pang talk show na mangyayari.
The 16 episodes running from 30 minutes to 1 hour every Friday at 10:00 in the morning being hosted and participated by the Licensed Nutritionist-Dietitians will be a wide range of topics that will cover different thematic talks such as Nutrition Month Celebration, Breastfeeding Awareness Month, Nutrition in the Universal Health Care, School-Based Feeding Program, complementary feeding, picky eaters, and among others.
The online talk show’s first episode was aired live last August 12, 2022 with Mr. Kendall Gatan, Officer-in-Charge of NNC 1 and Ms. Leny Calaguas, President of NDAP La Union as the resource persons which also served as the project launch.
Interesting topics are also on queue which will further educate the public on the importance of proper nutrition as input for resiliency in this new normal.
Project Development Officer I - Sam Danielle Calica