Article Diet for Heart 2The three leading causes of mortality in the Philippines in 2020, as determined by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), were ischemic heart diseases, neoplasms, and cerebrovascular diseases. Ischemic heart disease deaths accounted for 99.7 thousand deaths in 2020, or 17.3% of all deaths in the nation, making them the leading cause of death. This marked an increase of around 2.3% from the 97.5 thousand fatalities, or 15.7% of all deaths in the Philippines in 2019.  From January through November of 2021, coronary heart disease remained the most common cause of death in the Philippines despite the fatal coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The human heart is one of the most important organs required for preserving life. It is one of the strongest and hardest-working muscles in the human body and works continuously throughout a person's lifetime. The heart keeps the blood flowing continuously throughout the body, resupplying it with oxygen and distributing nutrients to the cells and tissues.

Article New PDO I and AA VI6 February 2023, Cagayan de Oro City – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) X team welcomed its newly hired staff, Ms. Keishe Jan T. Aban as the new Project Development Officer I and Ms. Humbeline G. Española as the new Administrative Assistant I.

PDO I Aban is in-charge of nutrition information and education concerns of NNC X, primarily on the implementation of the Social Behavior Change Communication Plan and the line-up of July Nutrition Month activities. She will likewise act as the Secretariat for the regional Barangay Nutrition Scholars federation and NNC X’s media arm, the Media Advocates for Nutrition in Governance in Region 10.

On the other hand, AA I Española is the new focal person for administrative concerns being the documents and records custodian. AA I Española is in-charge of maintaining NNC X’s filing system. At the same time, she is assigned as the Public Assistance Officer, ready to receive NNC X’s clients.

On 3 February 2023, both newly hired staff were oriented by Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez and Nutrition Officer III Sheena Marie G. Talle on NNC’s mandates, functions and operations.

Both PDO I Aban and AA I Española started to render their services last 30 January 2023.  (Nutrition Officer III Sheena Marie G. Talle / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 09631091098)

Article LHEARN Orientation29 December 2022, Cagayan de Oro City – Valencia City, Bukidnon has been identified as the pilot site for the Learning Hub for Enhanced and Revitalized Nutrition (LHEARN) Project in Region 10 for having sustained their gains, even years after achieving the Nutrition Honor Award.

LHEARN is a capacity building platform to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experiences in nutrition program management among local government units (LGU) for improved nutrition program management. LHEARN will involve the mobilization of best performing LGUs and influence others to be performers in nutrition for positive nutrition outcomes.

R10 2022 RPAN PIR

1 February 2023, Cagayan de Oro City – The review of the Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition (RPAN) is conducted annually to assess the program implementation of each year. Likewise, the reasons for deviation from the target were determined using the World Health Organization (WHO) Systems Building Blocks as the framework for analysis.

Last 25 January 2023, select Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) members and Provincial/City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs) convened for the 2022 RPAN Plan Implementation Review held at Chali Resort and Conference Center, Cagayan de Oro City. A total 17 of participants attended the activity.

Article BSND Culmination29 December 2022, Cagayan de Oro City – Five (5) BS Nutrition & Dietetics interns from Central Mindanao University completed the 300-hour Community Nutrition internship at the National Nutrition Council (NNC) X.

Ms. Junice M. Espinosa, Ms. Lhalene Flores, Ms. Ailean Faith S. Hotohot, Ms. Trisha Mae M. Magallanes and Ms. Joyce Vanessa E. Navaja presented their accomplishment reports, and major outputs such as the 2023 Barangay Nutrition Action Plan and Case Study on moderate acute malnutrition during the culmination program held last 9 December 2022 at Deluxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

During the culmination, NNC X headed by Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez provided inputs and insights to capacitate them further on competencies regarding public health nutrition.

NNC X staff likewise gave their well wishes to the students as they proceed with the next part of their internship, and in their journey towards their professional license.

The interns completed 300 hours of training from 24 August to 17 October 2022, with the culmination conducted on 9 December 2022. (Nutrition Officer III Sheena Marie G. Talle / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 09631091098)

Infographics National Deworming MonthNational Deworming Month is marked in January and July with the theme "Makilahok sa Oplan Goodbye Bulate para maging malusog, masigla, at matalino ang inyong mga anak!" to constantly urge the general public, in particular the parents, to get their children dewormed.

The Department of Health (DOH) continues to actively work to eradicate intestinal parasitism in children throughout the nation by administering anti-helminthic drugs in cooperation with schools and local government units (LGUs). It seeks to prevent and lessen Soil Transmitted Helminth Infections (STH), commonly referred to as intestinal worms, which continues to be a public health concern affecting children, expectant mothers, food handlers, farmers, and indigenous groups.

Several species of parasitic worms can transmit helminth infections through the soil. They are spread by the eggs found in human feces, which pollute the soil in unsanitary locations. Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, and hookworms are the main culprits. STH can hinder physical and cognitive development, especially in children, which can result in malnutrition, frailty, and poor scholastic and physical progress, while it causes anemia in pregnant women and increases the chance that their unborn children will be underweight. This happens as a result of the worms feeding on the host's tissues, particularly the blood, which causes protein and iron loss.