RO9 PineappleThe Philippines is the second biggest pineapple-exporting country in the world next to Thailand. Pineapple (L. Ananas comosus) is an incredibly delicious and healthy tropical fruit. It originated in South America, where early European explorers named it after its resemblance to a pinecone. Pineapple and its compounds have been linked to many health benefits, including aiding digestion, boosting immunity and speeding up recovery from surgery, among others.

According to Mercedes M. Arcelo of the Davao National Crop Research and Development Center-Bureau of Plant Industry, Pineapple is extensively cultivated in the Northern Mindanao, SOCCKSARGEN (Southern Cotabato, Cotabato Province, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos City), Bukidnon, Bicol and CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) for domestic and foreign markets either fresh and for processing. We all know that this fruit may be consumed fresh, canned, juiced, and are found in a wide array of food stuffs - dessert, fruit salad, jam, yogurt, ice cream, candy, and as a complement to meat dishes.

RO9 LowPurineDietA low-purine diet is a meal plan based on foods that are low in purine content. Purine is a substance that is found in foods and is produced naturally by the body. When your body digests purine, it produces a waste product called uric acid. A buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints can cause certain health issues and may lead to joint or muscle inflammation which is very painful that may cause altered activities of daily living. The purpose of this diet is to manage how much purine one consumes. A low-purine diet can be helpful even if you don’t have a disorder and just want to eat healthier but this kind of diet can also help manage gout or kidney stones.

RO9 ScoliosisMonthThe month of June has been declared by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as the “Scoliosis Awareness Month” with the issuance of Proclamation No. 620. This is to raise awareness of the structural disorder of the body called “Scoliosis” and to promote its early detection for immediate management. The proclamation also designates the Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with relevant non-government organizations, to promote the observance of Scoliosis Awareness Month, and to identify programs, projects, and activities for the yearly celebration.

Scoliosis is the sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. The normal shape of a person’s spine includes a curve at the top of the shoulder and a curve at the lower back. If your spine is curved from side to side or in an “S” or “C” shape, you might have scoliosis. Early detection and referral to appropriate healthcare providers is important, especially because this condition can severely affect the physical and psychological health of the patient.

RO9 BacterialBacterial vaginosis is an infection of the vagina caused by bacteria. It is the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge that occurs among women ages 15 to 44. Anyone can get bacterial vaginosis but it is usually common among sexually active women. Bacterial vaginosis is also associated with poor obstetrics and gynecologic outcomes such as preterm delivery, infection after surgeries such as a hysterectomy, and may make a woman more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections, especially HIV.

RO9 YogurtYogurt is a milk product obtained by fermentation of milk specific microorganisms. It undergoes a long process of fermentation where it produces lactic acid, a substance that causes milk protein to curdle, giving yogurt its unique flavor and texture. It dates back between 10,000 and 5,000 BC in the Neolithic period, where Neolithic people started to domesticate milk-producing animals. It is very nutritious and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health.

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RO9 ProvCOSOn May 14, 2021, the Health and Nutrition Liason of UNICEF, Mr. Lemuelle Moninio held a Provincial Integration Meeting together with CSO partners. The said meeting was attended by CSO partners, Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN) PNO and PHO staff, and PNC Rowence Zorilla of the National Nutrition Council Region 9. The meeting aims to provide updates on CSOs’ activity implementation accomplishments in the first quarter of the year 2021 and to discuss the plan of activities for the month of May. Mr. Moninio also shared the objectives of the KOICA Project with the participants.