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heart herbsCardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease or coronary artery disease (CAD), is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to Natalie Butler. Diet and lifestyle play an important role in preventing and reversing heart disease, and certain herbs and supplements can help lower your risk of heart disease as well as treat heart conditions that have already been diagnosed. Furthermore, several herbs and supplements may aid in the prevention of atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of the majority of heart diseases. Atherosclerosis causes plaque to build up in your arteries, preventing oxygen-rich blood from reaching your heart and other organs. It can result in a heart attack or even death. The good news is some nutritional supplements may help reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

fiberGetting enough fiber is essential for good health. According to a study conducted by Marc P. McRae, it can reduce constipation and aid in weight loss and maintenance. It may also reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease by lowering your cholesterol levels. Furthermore, according to a 2018 study by Justin L. Carlson and colleagues, some types of fiber are prebiotic — that is, they promote healthy gut bacteria — and may be beneficial for digestive health. However, most people do not consume enough fiber. According to the Institute of Medicine's Recommended Dietary Allowances, women should aim for 25 grams per day, while men should aim for 38 grams. Here are some suggestions for incorporating more fiber into your diet.

ZS LNAPThe National Nutrition Council IX (NNC9) led by RNPC Ms. Nimfa Ekong successfully conducted the 3-day Local Nutrition Action Planning Workshop for Zamboanga Sibugay Province and Isabela City last November 21-23, 2022 at at Terra Cotta, Tumaga, Zamboanga City. The activity was attended by no less than Thirty One (31) Local Nutrition Partners from the City of Isabela and fourteen (14) LGUs from the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay and three (3) Resource Facilitators from NNC. By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:  Explain the alarming situation of malnutrition in the country and its impact on national /local development; Articulate the need to scale up nutrition in the LGU (provincial, city, and municipal) plans and budget; Determine the absence, or inadequacy of nutrition in the priority development challenges in the PDPFP and CDP; Formulate the nutrition situation analysis, craft a nutrition-focus priority development challenge and define projects and budgets on nutrition for integration in the PDPFP, CDP, LDIP, and Prepare and take home a substantive draft of the Local Nutrition Action Plan (LNAP) 2023-2025. There are fourteen sessions in all in this three-day planning course. A common objective of the workshop is to incorporate nutrition into local development plans and budgets, building on the tenets of the NNC NPM. Contributing to the accomplishment of the nutrition outcomes intended by PPAN is the mobilization effort's overarching objective. The intermediate goal is to increase the number of local government units (LGUs) that offer high-quality nutrition programs. To this end, we intend to produce local nutrition action plans that are incorporated into the local development investment plan and the comprehensive development plan. Mobilizing local chief executives or individuals who understand the need of funding nutrition programs and exercising leadership in nutrition action is another outcome.

Holiday seasonIt’s the season to be jolly, there’s a lot to be love about the holiday season like preparing gifts, preparing for the festive celebration, eating, mingling, and spending time with friends and especially your loved ones which makes the holiday so great. But these happy times also bring risks to your health. You must be conscious of your health. So how do you stay healthy during this season?

The holiday season doesn’t have to be a vacation from maintaining your good health. With a little effort and planning you can avoid the health pitfalls. Here are some health tips for the Christmas Season as follows:

LNEWS orientationAn early warning system monitors and analyzes pertinent data that may indicate a potential disaster, such as a food shortage or health issue. It is the routine and periodic gathering of pertinent data (such as food production, climate, food prices, etc.) to assess the state of the municipality's or city's food supply and security. It converts gathered data into information that is relevant for decision-makers to take the right action.

nutriskwelaThe National Nutrition Council founded the Nutriskwela Community Radio Station in collaboration with a Local Government Unit or a State University or College with the intention of empowering the community through radio to disseminate accurate, current, and relevant information about nutrition and health, as well as educational and developmental information from all concerned sectors of the community, government age.

The National Nutrition Council IX (NNC9) headed by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Nimfa D. Ekong successfully conducts the 3-day Region-led Training on the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program at Hotel Guillermo, Pagadian City last November 23-25, 2022. The workshop aims to conduct training for the new management personnel of the selected radio stations in the region.