Good Nutrition Habits for School Aged Children

The third full week of October is Health Education Week to promote national awareness on major public health concerns including poor nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity, chronic illnesses, tobacco use, and substance abuse. It is also a campaign for a better understanding of the role of health education especially this phase as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health education acknowledges all areas of health and it addresses physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Healthy individuals physically, mentally, and emotionally reduces rates of health risk behaviors and illnesses that will help individuals to spend less money on healthcare services and more productive work hours. Healthier people can also control their actions reducing rates of violence, injury, and stress bringing a healthy, happy, and strong community.

Global Handwashing Day

Every year, Global Handwashing Day is celebrated on the 15th day of October. This day is a yearly reminder dedicated to the advocacy of spreading awareness on the significance of handwashing, its efficiency and effectiveness in disease prevention, and its benefits to the community all around the world.

Handwashing with soap and water is a simple, affordable and effective way to reduce bacteria in our hands. Not only is handwashing beneficial to each individual, but it also affects the whole population, especially children, as it controls the spread of bacteria and therefore prevents the spread of diseases. Handwashing is especially important at certain times of the day such as after using the bathroom, before, during and after preparing food, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose [1].

article kattyBreast cancer it’s a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them.
In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685 000 deaths globally. As of the end of 2020, there were 7.8 million women alive who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 5 years, making it the world's most prevalent cancer.
The Department of Health (DOH) today emphasized the importance of regular self-breast exam and the critical role of screening in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer among women in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with this year’s theme, “United We Fight.”
A breast self-examination (BSE) is a method to detect any noticeable changes in one's breast. Early detection of any changes in the breast and seeking immediate consultation will increase one's chances of successful treatment. In high income countries, organized screening programs with mammography have led to earlier diagnosis, and coupled with effective treatment, have led to reductions in breast cancer mortality. There are many challenges, however in implementing such effective organized screening programs in limited resource settings.
According to the 2015 Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimates, breast cancer is the most common (20,267 cases) and the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths (7,384 cases) among the Filipinos, next to lung and liver cancer.
Eating a balanced diet is especially important when you have breast cancer. Proper nutrition may help your body heal from cancer treatment, which can have numerous side effects such as mouth sores, low appetite, nausea, and vomiting. The following foods are based on general recommendations to maintain overall health while living with breast cancer:
• Whole, nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, protein sources like chicken and turkey, fatty fish like trout or salmon, and plant-based proteins sources like lentils and nuts
• Foods high in healthy fats and protein. If you need to maintain or gain weight, incorporate sources of healthy fat like nuts and seeds, avocados, and olive oil as well as protein sources like eggs, chicken, lentils, and fish. Protein-rich foods are especially important for maintaining muscle mass.
• Blended liquids such as milkshakes, smoothies, juices, or soups for those times when you don‘t feel like eating solid foods
• High fiber foods like whole grains, flax seeds, legumes, vegetables and fruits to treat constipation
Therefore, raising awareness and understanding about breast cancer risks, early signs and symptoms and overall breast health awareness is an important part of a public health approach for breast cancer.
Join the October Breast Cancer Awareness month campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer and support women to reduce their breast cancer risks, be screened and seek medical attention, if a suspicious lump is detected. And together let us fight breast cancer.



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RA 11148 otherwise known as “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag Nanay Act it identifies all of the services required for the first 1000 days of life, including prenatal check-up, immunization of pregnant and young children, dietary supplementation programs for target groups, training of health and nutrition workers, provision of other health and nutrition services, psychosocial stimulation, and other assistance that each stakeholder may provide.

Hence, the Department of Health (DOH) XII together with National Nutrition Council (NNC) XII completed the rollout activity to the provincial and local health/nutrition providers on the newly repackaged community Maternal Nutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding (MNIYCF) peer counseling training. It was a four-day course designed to provide a shared understanding of baby and early child nutrition among health workers, other partners, and interested parties. It also entails assuring the protection, promotion, and support of exclusive breastfeeding, as well as timely and effective supplemental nutrition while breastfeeding is continued. The activity was done with 3 batches, held on July 27-30, 2021 (first Batch) August 24-27, 2021 (second batch) and September 21-24 (third batch), respectively.

Nutri flexThe Philippines is one in celebrating the Elderly Filipino Week mandated by Proclamation No. 470 issued by former President Fidel V. Ramos on Sept. 26, 1994. This year’s theme “MahAlaga sina Lolo at Lola Ngayong Pandemya” aims to underscore the contributions of the senior citizens and centenarians in every Filipino community, as well as to raise awareness and address the issues concerning them, most especially during the onslaught of a global health crisis.
The theme also offers an important message – that together we have a duty and responsibility to support older persons in realizing their worth, dignity, and human rights amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Considered as one of the most vulnerable sectors of the society, each one of us must play a part in protecting our elders against the virus by observing and practicing minimum health standards and in advocating for the adoption and implementation of inclusive policies and rallying against negative societal perceptions on the sector.

katty MH“Mental health” refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.

Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.

However, only half of those affected receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities and increased risk of suicide.

Raising mental health awareness can help you to understand your symptoms, find professional treatment, and, perhaps most importantly, break the mental health stigma that leaves so many people suffering in secret.

There is no health without mental health.  World Health Organization (WHO) advocates for a whole of government and whole of society response anchored on a shared vision for the future of mental health in the Region. Mental health promotion involves actions to strengthen the policy environment and the use of strategic communication for network building, stakeholder engagement, enhanced mental health literacy, and behavior.