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Nutrition Month Campaign

The NNC spearheaded the virtual launching of the 2020 Nutrition Month campaign through the Laging Handa Public Briefing hosted by Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on 1 July 2020 aired over PTV4. The TV program featured NNC’s Executive Director Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang who shared key messages in the annual campaign.

In her interview, Dr. Dayanghirang discussed the importance of the Nutrition Month campaign as a channel for raising awareness of the country’s most pressing issues in nutrition.  This year’s campaign aims to catalyze actions to address stunting with the theme “Batang Pinoy, SANA TALL… Iwas Stunting, SAMA ALL! Iwas ALL din sa COVID-19”.

According to World Health Organization, stunting in the Philippines remains to be of high magnitude and severity. Based on the 2018 Expanded National Nutrition Survey conducted by DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute, one out of three Filipino children under five years of age is stunted. This places the Philippines among the top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of stunted under-five children in the world.

She added that the majority of the Filipinos view stunting as “namamana” and not a major health concern to them. NNC’s Executive Director made it clear that stunting is not hereditary in nature because children when they are given proper nutrition and care, they have the ability to reach their full growth and development potential.

It was also emphasized that not only stunting affects the physical growth, it causes irreversible damage to brain development if not addressed within the First 1000 Days of a child. To avoid stunting and its consequences, the NNC encourages all parents of 0-24 months old children to regularly bring their child to a health center for growth monitoring. In addition, mothers should practice exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months and introduce complementary foods at six months while continuing breastfeeding for two years or more. Local government units are urged to ensure that services, especially for pregnant and lactating women and children below 2 years old are continuously implemented.

Likewise, the NNC Regional Offices held various activities, mostly online to kick-off this year Nutrition Month campaign. 

You may watch the replay of the segment through this link: https://www.facebook.com/nncofficial/videos/2680736425502902 . To learn more about the upcoming activities of the NNC for the Nutrition Month celebration, visit the Facebook Page of the National Nutrition Council (Official) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. #2020NutritionMonth #IwasStunting #SamaALL

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