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BICOL KICKS OFF THE FIRST EVER VIRTUAL 2020 NUTRITION MONTH CELEBRATIONLegazpi City.  As in the past, Nutrition Month Celebration of NNC Bicol is participated by various local nutrition workers and other stakeholders with several activities lined up during the month, However, this year,  we are celebrating the nutrition month differently: Virtual or should we say, Blended!  Still, in coordination with the RNC members and Local Government Units to strengthen nutrition consciousness among the general public, this year’s regional nutrition month celebration saw kickoffs and activities maximizing the use of social media. Several LGUs continued to adopt the usual face to face platform to celebrate it, nonetheless.  On July 3, the NNC Bicol team launched the Nutrition Month (NM) Celebration at Kanzo Bar and Restaurant in Legazpi City. The event was also held via FB Live of the National Nutrition Council Region V, DOH-CHD Bicol, and PIA’s Facebook Page so many people were able to witness the Regional Launching. Although only 15 people were physically present in the venue which included  12 media friends and  3 from RNC,  a total of 7,100 viewers watched via FB live streaming. This was the first time NNC Bicol’s event got these many number of  “participants”. NPC Reario discussed the theme “Batang Pinoy, Sana TALL, Iwas Stunting, SAMA ALL! Iwas ALL din sa COVID-19!” focusing on the current status of stunting in the Philippines, the ways to prevent stunting, the suggested activities to support the Nutrition Month Campaign including the nutrition month activities of the region.  This was followed by discussion of “Communicating the New Normal” by Dr. Kristin Pena, Medical Officer III of DOH-CHD Bicol where principles of the new normal, key components, and Do’s and Don’ts on various settings were presented.

 

During the Open Forum, media friends took their turn to ask questions ranging from Dietary Supplementation Program for Pregnant Women in Camarines Sur, status of coordination on nutrition program with the LGUs, status of 2020 Operation Timbang Plus Results, how to interpret the COVID-19 statistical data presented by the DOH-CHD Bicol in their Facebook Page and details of the regional nutrition month activities. Aside from the Regional Launching of Nutrition Month and Press Conference, other activities of NNC RO V includes Daily Nutriquiz, VLOG Contest on the 2020 Nutrition Month Theme, 7-day Post Your Diet Challenge of Pregnant Women, and Digital campaign to raise awareness of stunting and how this can be prevented.

Different local government units also took part in the celebration by hanging NM streamers in their respective places. Many barangays posted photos of the Barangay Nutrition Committee with their NM streamers in front of their barangay hall through official and personal Facebook accounts. Find out if your barangay has the streamer too by visiting your own barangay hall.   Various activities to celebrate the Nutrition Month have been lined up by different cities and municipalities in the region. These actions, no matter how small or big, can help inform the community and achieve reduction in the prevalence rate of not just stunting but all forms of malnutrition in the next few years. So, what are you waiting for? Go and join your community and NNC Bicol in celebrating Nutrition Month 2020. Visit NNC Bicol Facebook page now!

(NACL/MCV/ARR, NNC RO V).