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Negros Oriental – The health and nutrition workers of Barangay San Jose in La Libertad, Negros Oriental were ecstatic after hearing the news of a mother delivering a 3,100 grams healthy baby boy. Her mom Luisa (not her real name) is one of the recipients of Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program (TKSP) implemented in 23 municipalities of the province.

Tutok Kainan is a dietary supplementation program initiated by the National Nutrition Council that aims to help prevent stunting among children up to 23 months old. The program which operationalizes Republic Act 11148 or the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Magnanay Act seeks to improve the quality and quantity of food and nutrition intake, as well as utilization of Early Childhood Care and Development – First 1,000 Days Program (ECCD F1KD) services among “nutritionally at-risk” pregnant women and children aged six to 23 months old in select areas. This is also a COVID-19 response of the agency.

 balanced diet

Tayasan, Negros Oriental - A balanced diet includes a variety of foods in appropriate amounts and proportions to meet the body's needs for calories, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Eating a well-balanced diet is important because it increases energy. Energy comes from the foods we eat and the liquids we drink. The body needs fuel, just like a car. If individuals don't provide it, the body will generate it by breaking down muscle tissues. The three main nutrients used for energy are carbohydrates, protein, and fats, with carbohydrates being the most important source.

Complementary feeding

Valencia, Negros Oriental - Exclusive breastfeeding for six months confers several benefits to the infant and the mother. Chief among these is the protective effect against gastrointestinal infections. After six months of age, it becomes increasingly difficult for breastfed infants to meet their nutrient needs from human milk alone. A baby has usually at least doubled his or her birth weight and is becoming more active. Exclusive breastfeeding is no longer sufficient to meet all energy and nutrient needs by itself, and complementary foods should be introduced to make up the difference.

Proper nutrition during the first two years of life is critical in reaching the full potential of every human being. This period is recognized as a critical window for promoting optimal growth, development, and good health. Therefore, adequate feeding at this stage of life has a profound impact on the health, nutritional status, growth, and development of children, not only in the short term but in the long term.

10 comple foods

Bindoy, Negros Oriental – Is your baby turning six months old soon? Are you struggling with what to prepare and what best foods to give to your baby? 

Complementary feeding is a beautiful transition from exclusively breastfeeding to eating foods. It is a special and important moment in the growth of a child, both for the family and the baby, and it can play a major role in your baby’s future health. If you’re having a hard time planning a menu for your growing baby, let this article be a guide for you!

pinggang pinoy

La Libertad, Negros Oriental - Pinggang Pinoy is a new and easy food guide that uses a familiar food plate model to convey the right food group proportions on a per-meal basis and to meet the body’s energy and nutrient needs intended specifically for healthy Filipinos. It is a tool or a guide to help Filipinos acquire healthy eating habits needed to attain optimum nutrition.

We are used with the Food Pyramid and the Go, Glow, and Grow chart. Now, we can easily identify and visualize how a Filipino food plate should look with the use of “Pinggang Pinoy.” Individual’s energy and nutrient needs vary based on age, sex, and physical activity. This tool guides for the different population and age groups such as children, adolescents, elderly, pregnant women, and lactating women. The food guide shows the recommended proportion by food groups, the Go, Grow, and Glow foods. Half of the plate represents Glow foods consisting of fruits and vegetables, one-sixth of the plate shows proportion for Grow foods, such as meats, eggs, poultry, fish, beans, and legumes, and one-third of the plate goes to Go foods like rice, corn, bread, oatmeal, bread, and root crops. Definitely, Filipino diets revolve around daily consumption of rice, noodles, bread, corn, root crops, seafood, poultry, red meat, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. The Pinggang Pinoy also encourages the intake of water and milk.

role of nutrition

Bantayan Island, Cebu - COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for the virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV’ which was first identified in an outbreak later part of 2019. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatments. It is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and quickly fall on floors or surfaces. COVID-19 pandemic is a leading challenge across the globe. It is necessary to attain and maintain good nutrition to fight against the virus.

The nutritional status of an individual is affected by several factors such as age, sex, health status, lifestyle, and medications. Optimal nutrition and dietary intake impact the immune system, therefore the best and sustainable way to survive is to strengthen the immune system.