OHM2023As the saying goes- “Oral health is the window of overall health and well-being.”

Oral health, by definition, pertains to the total health of the teeth, gums, and oral-facial structures that allows individuals to perform essential functions like eating, breathing and speaking. Hence, it is an entry point to the digestive and respiratory tracts which are consequently susceptible to a range of diseases and conditions.

According to WHO Global Oral Health Status Report (2022), an estimated 3.5 billion people worldwide are affected with oral disease with 3 out of 4 people affected living in middle-income countries. Moreover, experts reckon that the prevalence of oral diseases will continue to increase globally considering the growing urbanization and changes in living conditions that influence the development of oral diseases, including access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.

HEART 2023Sa buwan ng mga puso, bukod sa paghahanap ng iyong “the one” or di naman kaya paglalahad ng nararamdaman sa nagpapatibok ng iyong puso, higit na dapat pagtuunan din ng pansin ang kalusugan ng iyong puso!

Ayon sa datos ng Philippine Statistics Authority, ang Ischemic Heart Disease ang nangungunang dahilan ng pagkamatay ng mga Pilipino sa taong 2021 at 2022. Paliwanag ng mga eksperto, ang sakit sa puso ay walang pinipiling edad o kasarian.

Ang atake sa puso or heart attack ay nangyayari dulot ng pagbabara sa mga pangunahin or maliliit na ugat patungo sa puso. Ang pagkakaroon ng pagbabara dahil sa blood clot o deposito ng mga kolesterol ay syang sanhi sa pagpigil ng daloy ng oxygen at dugo. Ilan sa mga sintomas nito ay ang pagsikip ng dibdib, pagkakapos sa paghinga, pagkahilo, pananakit at panghihina ng iba pang parte ng katawan.

LechonLechon, which is derived from the Spanish word for roasted suckling pig, is one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines, particularly during special occasions or celebrations such as Christmas. In fact, lechon is not only a popular holiday food but also a Christmas tradition. The slow-roasted suckling pig is typically stuffed with lemongrass, tamarind, garlic, onions, and chives before being roasted over an open fire on a large bamboo spit. A Filipino celebration would be incomplete without the lechon in the center of the table, looking all glorious and ready to be devoured. This national dish is always the first in line and the star of the feast which fills hungry stomachs with joy after a satisfying meal.

Article for RNAC06 January 2023, Davao City- The National Nutrition Council Davao Region conducts annual awarding ceremonies to recognize the exemplary efforts of local government units as well as the performance of nutrition focal points (NAOs, DCMNCPs, BNSs) in the nutrition program implementation. This year, almost 200 representatives from LGUs and partner agencies all over the region attended the ceremony held at Apo View Hotel, Davao City. The event was graced with the presence of National Nutrition Council Executive Director herself- Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang, MCH, CESO III as a Keynote Speaker. 

The top performing Local Nutrition Focal Points (LNFPs) of this year were identified thru the results of Monitoring of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro tool based on their CY 2021 performance:

Handwashing as HabitThe holiday season is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. As early as September, colorful decorations can be seen all around, families gather and the undeniable buzzling crowd during Christmas shopping spree. Hence, during this time, we must not forget to prioritize our health and safety when participating in such activities. Keep in mind that the threats of COVID 19 is still lurking around.

One of the most crucial actions we can take to prevent getting sick and, in any case, infecting others is washing our hands. By not washing hands with soap and running water, many diseases can spread. Animal or human feces (poop) are a significant source of diseases including Salmonella and E. coli. Hence, it can spread respiratory infections including coronavirus, adenovirus, hand, foot, and mouth disease and a lot more.

PIA XI RNAC06 JANUARY 2023, DAVAO CITY- Despite the ongoing presence of COVID-19, Davao Region continued to pursue and soar in the Nutrition Program where the Local Government Units have exhibited exemplary performance in the management of their nutrition programs.

Recognition is given to awardees on Regional Green Banner, Regional Nutrition Focal Points among Provincial and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, District/City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators, and Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar.

Local awards such as the Kaugmaon Awards and the Pag-Asa Award are given based on the 2022 Operation Timbang Plus Results Regional Nutritizens Award.

The awards to be given are based on the 2021 performance of the LGUs who participated in the annual Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) PRO in the calendar year 2022 which was conducted by the interagency Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) virtually.