Cebu City
 – To further strengthen the LGU nutrition program and secure its integration in the LGU Devolution Transition Plan, the National Nutrition Council Region VII partnered with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to conduct an online forum tagged LCE Forum on Nutrition Devolution. This regional event will be held on 15th of October 2021 at 1:30 P.M via zoom and will be streamed via Facebook live at National Nutrition Council Region VII official Facebook page or nncrvii. 

The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017 2022 is an integral part of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022. It factors in and considers commitments to the global community as embodied in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals , the 2025 Global Targets for Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, and the International Conference on Nutrition.

NPCAR Congress Backdrop 3rdRevCebu City – Nutrition program coordination is a daunting task on its own, but the COVID-19 pandemic has added pressure upon Local Nutrition Program Coordinators’ shoulders as majority of health workers have been given tasks under the response team which is why the Nutrition Program Coordinators’ Association of Region VII (NPCAR) 7 Inc. organizes the 8th Regional Congress of District, City and Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators. 

The activity themed: “NPCARonnn: NPCAR Optimizing the New Normal for Nutrition” focuses on enhancing the adaptive knowledge and skills needed by local nutrition program coordinators to deal with the challenges of next normal in a virtual congress scheduled on 08 October 2021 at 1:30 pm via the National Nutrition Council Region VII’s official Facebook page.

FDS soc med
Cebu City –
 Social media has been an effective medium to advocate for health and nutrition campaigns nowadays considering the minimal movement of the majority and that most families stay at home. This along with the other media formats were utilized by the public as their source of information.

After the successful conduct of the Family Development Sessions (FDS) On-Air, NNC 7 together with the DSWD RFO7 and the three Nutriskwela community radio stations in Central Visayas will soon launch the FDS Social Media Challenge this coming October 2021.

The online challenge will be dubbed “Nutri Word Puzzle” and will be open to all beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Central Visayas. The said activity intends to incorporate the importance of proper nutrition to the 4Ps beneficiaries and their families.

fruit snacks boost mental healthCebu City -- Taking care of your health is important to maintain our overall wellbeing. One of the health issues we should take a closer look at is our mental health. It is easy to not prioritize or care for our mental health because our minds are being used all the time to get tasks done at work. 

As we celebrate the National Mental Health Awareness Week this Monday 10 May to Sunday 16 May 2021, we remind everyone to take care for your mental health. Paying attention to our mental health has its benefits that could help us especially during the COVID-19 situation. It helps reduce anxiety and stress while elevating our moods so that we can feel good and get the most out of our day. 

Fruits are good snacks to eat as they have lots of vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients to help the mind relieve stress while maintaining a healthy balanced diet. The National Nutrition Council Region VII would like to share five fruit snacks that you could buy from your local markets and prepare in a matter of seconds at the comforts of your own home, reducing the additional preparation headache. 

prenatal vitaminsCebu City -- Prenatal vitamins are given to women who are pregnant and those who are planning to be pregnant as prescribed by their doctors. During pregnancy, the mother ought to supply her baby with the needed vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients for his/her proper growth and development. The nutrients that are obtained in the food consumed by the mother might not be enough for both the growing baby and for herself, that’s where the prenatal vitamins come in handy.

Anti-natal vitamins include folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D in the right amounts. Here is some information on the importance of these vitamins. 

  • Folic acid is a form of folate that is a B-Vitamin that helps in the brain and spine development of the growing baby. It prevents the baby from neural tube defects like spina bifida and anencephaly. Folic acid also helps in the formation of healthy red blood cells for both the mother and the infant. A pregnant woman should take in 180 tablets of iron folic acid during the entire duration of her pregnancy.

Blood pressureCebu City -- Many of us know that when we visit a doctor for any type of consultation, the nurses will perform the initial assessment by measuring our blood pressure before leading us to the doctor’s room. This initial evaluation helps the doctor understand the current situation of our health before proceeding with the diagnosis and treatment. 

A blood pressure kit or machine is used to assess possible hypertension by either wrapping a calf or a machine around your upper arm while getting the readings from your artery.

In this article, let us understand the meaning of your blood pressure readings and the suggested diet in case you are hypertensive. 

What do the blood pressure readings mean?

Whether or not you have a blood pressure kit at home, knowing the readings of your blood pressure at your next doctor’s visit is good because it allows you to gauge if you are in the healthy or unhealthy range.