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RO9 DipNetIn line with the maintenance of the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) award conferred to Dipolog City in August 2019, a virtual validation visit was done via Zoom platform last May 18-19 to determine if the city was able to sustain its efforts to improve the nutrition situation of its constituents with reference to its 2019 performance. A validation visit was scheduled last year but deferred due to the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic where strict quarantine protocols were in place. This years’ Nutrition Evaluation Team (NET) validation visit in Dipolog City was conducted by the National NET headed by Nutrition Officer III Ms. Jasmine Anne DF. Tandingan, RND of the National Nutrition Council Nutrition Surveillance Division with the assistance of the National Nutrition Council Region 9 and Regional NET members.

RO9 Dengue2021Dengue is one of the fastest spreading vector-borne diseases in more than 100 countries around the globe.  The month of June has been declared Dengue Awareness Month in the Philippines to promote public awareness on the preventive measures against the mosquito-borne viral disease. According to the Department of Health, dengue is an all-year-round public health threat. As of 6th of March 2021, there were 13,699 reported dengue cases in the Philippines including 50 deaths. But according to WHO, these figures are lower as compared to 42,584 cases reported last year of the same period.  Now, what is dengue fever and how can we prevent it?

RO9 EdemaEdema refers to the visible swelling of the body caused by a buildup of fluid within tissues. This condition is most common in the lower body, particularly in the legs, ankles, and feet but it can also occur in other parts of the body. Pitting edema is either caused by a localized problem with veins in the affected area, or problem with your heart, kidneys, or liver function. It is identified when an indentation remains after the swollen skin is pressed. It is considered mild when it is only in both feet; moderate when it is in both feet, lower legs, hands, or lower arms; and severe when it is in both feet, legs, hands, arms, and face. Edema without pitting is more likely to be caused by issues with your thyroid or lymphatic system.

RO9 VapeEvery 31st of May, the global community celebrates World No Tobacco Day. This is to promote awareness of the negative effects of smoking. This is very timely because, sadly, smoking nowadays is very common among teenagers and yearly, it claims six million preventable deaths worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Here in the Philippines, a study shows that 17.3 million Filipinos starting the age of 15 years and above are active smokers (psa.gov.ph). Accordingly, Vape or the e-Cigarette is the new trend among teens as they believe that it is much safer, cost-effective and adds to their charm to opposite sex. 

RO9 Tobacco2021There is a global concern regarding the use of tobacco that is going on for years now. Every day of our lives, tobacco takes another life and it concerns the leaders all over the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over one billion people around the world use tobacco and 8 million people die from tobacco use or being exposed to second-hand smoke. Because of this, the World No Tobacco Day has been celebrated every 31st of May every year. According to the Philippine Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), as early as 15 years of age and over start to smoke tobacco that  comprises 28.3% (17.3 million) of the population. Data from the 2018-2019 DOST-ENNS for  Zamboanga City, the current smoker is at 25.7% and is significantly higher among males from the poor household.

RO9 AvocadosAvocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, and are a good source of folate. They also supply more soluble fiber than other fruit and contain a number of useful minerals including iron, copper and potassium. These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health-conscious individuals. This is because avocados have a lot of surprising health benefits, which includes:

1. They contain more potassium than bananas