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BForumTo celebrate the 2017 Breastfeeding Awareness Month, the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office VIII in coordination with the Provincial Health Office of Leyte conducts a Breastfeeding Forum on 15 August 2017 at the Palo Municipal Hall in Palo, Leyte.

The forum was well participated in by lactating/breastfeeding mothers from the different barangays of Palo, Leyte. Pursuant to Republic Act 10028, otherwise known as the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, August of every year is Breastfeeding Awareness Month.This year’s theme is “Ugnayan: One Community Promoting, Supporting and Protecting Breastfeeding”. This observance aims to raise public awareness on the importance of breastfeeding in the country.

In his message, NO III Niño Archie S. Labordo of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) VIII relates the theme on the importance of being one in advocacy and support in the breastfeeding practices for a healthier and smarter community. This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of placing breastfeeding as a norm in the community. 

The sustenance of breastfeeding practices in the country cannot be done without the strong support of development partners, local government units, advocates, activists and leaders. Uganayan, to connect or joint with is one of the most effective strategies to invest our children for the future, NO III Labordo added.

sALCEDOAttended in by the active members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC), the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Salcedo, Eastern Samar conducted a 3-day Municipal Nutrition Planning Workshop on 9-11 August 2017 at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall, Salcedo, Eastern Samar.
Salcedo a coastal municipality in Eastern Samar has a population of 23,872 as of 2017 is pushing to reduce malnutrition lower than the World Health Organization (WHO) cut-off values for public health significance. The MNC aims to achieve the following: underweight from 7% in 2017 to 5% in 2020, wasted from 3.5% in 2017 to 2% in 2020, stunted from 18.4% in 2017 to 15% in 2020, and obesity from 4.57% in 2017 to 3% in 2020. 

Municipal Mayor, Atty. Melchor Llego Mergal and Dr. Ma. Socorro S. Campo, the Municipal Health Officer of Salcedo has prioritized health across all ages especially on health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Campo said that being a top performer municipality in health governance, the LGU would like to sustain its effectiveness in implementing local health programs.

FINAL NM 2017 LOGOTACLOBAN CITY -- A healthy diet refers to consumption of foods consistent with three principles of nutrition: balance, variety and moderation. Balance meaning foods coming from different food groups (go, grow, glow) in proportion to each other; Variety refers to different kinds of foods from different food groups every day; and Moderation means the right proportions intake as to what the body needs  only, not too little and not too much.
Eating a variety of food is essential as no single food provides all the nutrients in proper amount needed by the body, therefore a wide selection of food is vital to obtaining good nutrition and healthy body.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), rationalized these in a thematic talk during the regional launch of 43rd Nutrition Month celebration, here on July 4, this year.

fns-newsTo address and prevent undernutrition and food insecurity, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) VIII expands its new area for the Local Nutrition Early Warning System (LNEWS) in Palompon, Leyte. This was initially opened with a consultative workshop participated in by the members of the Palompon Municipal Nutrition Committee on 8-9 August 2017 at the NGCP Hall, Palompon Municipal Hall in Palompon, Leyte.

Various regional agencies including the NNC Central Office were invited as resource persons during the consultative workshop to include: Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Officer-in-Charge, Mr. Mario A. Peñaranda; Department of Health (DOH), Nutritionist Dietitian, Ms. Felecita R. Borata; Department of Agriculture (DA), Information Officer III, Ms. Ma. Christina E. Colasito, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), OIC-Provincial Coconut Development Manager,Mr. Jaime M. Nuñez; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Training Specialist, Ms. Leodelyn Conejos; Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Statistical Analyst, Mr. Jonas A. Repulda; and NNC Nutrition Officer II, Ms. Alona E. Teo as the main facilitator during the workshop.

 

FINAL NM 2017 LOGOTACLOBAN CITY -- A healthy diet refers to consumption of foods consistent with three principles of nutrition: balance, variety and moderation. Balance meaning foods coming from different food groups (go, grow, glow) in proportion to each other; Variety refers to different kinds of foods from different food groups every day; and Moderation means the right proportions intake as to what the body needs  only, not too little and not too much.
Eating a variety of food is essential as no single food provides all the nutrients in proper amount needed by the body, therefore a wide selection of food is vital to obtaining good nutrition and healthy body.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), rationalized these in a thematic talk during the regional launch of 43rd Nutrition Month celebration, here on July 4, this year.

This year's Nutrition Month carries the theme: "Healthy diet, gawin habit: FOR LIFE", which focuses on promotion of healthy diets. The campaign  aims to increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets as protection from both under and over nutrition  (double burden of malnutrition) and non-communicable diseases such as hypertention, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and certain types of cancer.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, a healthy diet: includes a variety of foods from different food groups; which meets the individual needs for calories and nutrients; safe with no risk from toxins, bacteria, mold or chemicals; enjoyable and culturally acceptable; and available and sufficient each day and all year round.

A healthy diet also provides just enough amounts of energy needed for one's daily activities without going beyond his/her caloric needs so as to maintain a fit body weight. Energy requirements differ from person to person and energy provided by a healthy diet should be balanced with one's energy used. 

For Filipinos the recommended energy intakes per day for different age groups and physiologic conditions are: For children 3-5 years - Energy (kcal) male 1350, female 1260; 6-9 years - male 1600, female 1470; 10-12 years - male 2060, female 1980; 13-15 years - male 2700, female 2170; and 16-18 years - male 3010, female 2280.

For adults 19-29 years - male 2530, female 1930; 30-59 years - male 2420, female 1870; and 60-69 years - male 2140, female 1610. For pregnant women an addition of 300 calories and for lactating women an addition of 500 calories are recommended. (Jack C. Gadaingan)

                                                                                                           

nm culmiTACLOBAN CITY -- "A Barangay Nutrition Scholar Day and Awarding Ceremony" culminated the month-long celebration activities of the 43rd Nutrition Month held at the Small and Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) Center, here on July 27, 2017.

Lydia C. Nuñez, president of Eastern Visayas Association of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (EVA BNS) Inc., headed a following of 63 Barangay Nutrition Scholars--five each from the provinces of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, and Southern Leyte, 25 from the host province of Leyte; and five each from the seven cities in Region 8 to the one-day gathering studded with serious and fun activities.

National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8) Regional Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. in his welcome message called the congregation a powerful workhorse and warriors in the barangay against malnutrition. This is your day! and my challenge is for you to put your heart in providing voluntary service and to continue being the front-line warriors on nutrition, he said.