graphic Best Resolutions for Healthier 2021
Another year over, a new one has begun. Hello 2021!

When the pandemic hit us last year, we have seen the importance of having a strong immune system for increased resistance against the coronavirus and the occurrence of different types of illnesses. It goes to show that if there is one resolution that we should keep for 2021, that is we should ensure we maintain a healthier lifestyle. If that is your goal, then look no further. We got you covered!

graphic Liver Cancer and Viral Hepatitis What do we know
Did you know that the most common risk factor for liver cancer is chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV)? These infections lead to cirrhosis of the liver or late stage scarring, and liver cancer – the most common cancer in many parts of the world.

According to World Health Organization, viral hepatitis B and C infections lead to an estimated 1.34 million deaths every year. Most of these deaths are caused by untreated chronic hepatitis infections resulting in cirrhosis and liver cancer. In the Philippines, around 1 in 10 people have chronic hepatitis B, and 6 in 1,000 have chronic hepatitis C.

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Drinking alcoholic beverages is part of every social gathering. And now that we are in a holiday season, drinking sessions are everywhere. It plays a societal role in many cultures. But what nutrition do we really get in drinking alcohol?

Alcoholic beverages comprise a large group of beverages such as beer, wine, tequila, and vodka, that contain varying amounts of alcohol (ethanol) produced through fermentation of grains or fruits. The components of alcoholic beverages are highly complex and over 1300 compounds have been identified in various beverages.

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Effective nutrition promotion and communication is best facilitated with the use of carefully designed tools and guides. It is said that to be beneficial and functional, a food guide should have the following characteristics: a) promote overall health rather than treatment of a specific disease, b) be based on up-to-date nutrition research on food composition, foods commonly consumed and nutrient recommendations, c) emphasize the total diet rather than a foundation or core diet, d) be useful to the target audience, e) meet its nutrition goals in a realistic manner, f) allow maximum flexibility for consumers to eat in a way that suits their taste and lifestyle while meeting nutritional criteria, g) demonstrate a practical way to meet nutritional needs and h) be evolutionary.

In the Philippines, the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST FNRI) is one of the primary agencies that crafts nutrition tools and guides which are based on sound research. The National Nutrition Council (NNC) partners with DOST FNRI in the review and dissemination of such tools to help guide dietary choices and eating behavior of Filipinos for improved nutrition.



As the pandemic continues, people’s lifestyle has changed due to restriction of outdoor activities enforced at the early stage of pandemic. Although outdoor activities were cautiously being lifted, the impact of community quarantine has led some people to be accustomed to sedentary lifestyle.

Sedentary lifestyle is one with little or no physical activity. A common example of which is prolonged sitting and is usually associated with an increased risk of acquiring chronic diseases such as heart and lung diseases, diabetes, loss of movement and decrease immune health. For these reasons, having a healthy lifestyle which includes physical activity along with proper nutrition plays a key role in staying fit and healthy in times of pandemic.

graphic Welcoming 2021 with good health
The year 2020 has been very tough for most of Filipinos. Disasters, calamities, either man-made or natural, disrupted most of our lives, including the Taal eruption, COVID-19 pandemic, several typhoons, and flash floods, among others. All these disasters challenged the different aspects of our lives – health, education, livelihood, and even economy.

Many things happened in 2020 but beyond these challenges, we are still able to cope up. We cannot control our environment, but we can do things to make this new year better for us. For one, it is still uncertain as to when we will be living in the “new normal” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.