In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) encourages government workers to avail of the FREE psychosocial first aid, assessment, and intervention provided by the following individuals and institutions equipped to help deal with emotional crises, stress, and anxiety:
*Department of Health Covid-19 Emergency Operations Center
Hotline 1555; 02-894-COVID (26843)
*National Center for Mental Heath 24/7 Crisis Hotline
(02) 989-USAP (8727)
NUTRITION CLUSTER ADVISORY #1 MESSAGE 12, SERIES 2020
The Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to stay at home. No one can go to work, run their usual errands, and even go to the gym or community parks for a quick exercise for fear of being infected by the virus. But despite this, people are advised to take care of their health while at home, by observing proper hygiene, eating proper diet, having adequate sleep for 6-8 hours and engaging in regular physical activity, to lower the risk of acquiring the virus.
We often hear that carbohydrates are important as our body’s main source of energy. At the same time, we also hear carbohydrates being blamed for causing weight gain. To settle this issue, it is important to know that not all carbohydrates are created equal.
Carbohydrates as major source of energy in the diet comprise around half the total calories and are manufactured mainly by plants. The family of dietary carbohydrate includes simple carbohydrates such as honey and sugars, and complex carbohydrates such as starches and dietary fiber. Simple carbohydrates are quickly absorbed in the small intestine that result to an increase in blood sugar and provide a quick boost of energy. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, take longer to break down which means that there is no rapid spike in blood sugar.
Nutrition Cluster Advisory #1 in its 6th message enjoins local governments to lead its constituents not just in healthy eating in general but also limiting the intake of sugary, salty and fatty foods.
Eating a well-balanced and nutritious meals and snacks especially during emergencies could indeed be a challenge for most households. This is so because emergencies usually limit food choices of families. Either the food is available in the market but physical access by people is reduced or food supply is itself inadequate, in quantity or quality or both.