hearts month


It’s February! A time where everyone spread their love to their loved ones. However, let’s not forget that there’s also a heart that we should protect.  February is the Philippine Health Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 1096 signed on January 9, 1973. The proclamation aims to promote awareness of a growing serious health issue such as heart disease and encourage public support for the advocacy of promoting cardiovascular health and wellness among Filipinos.

Having a healthy heart is fundamental to overall good health. Like how you choose your own valentine, you must listen and feel to what your heart says. Whatever it says, have it check because you’ll be needing a healthy working heart to spread your love this season.

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Learning Hub for Enhanced and Revitalized Nutrition (LHEARN) Project is set to kick-off in Quirino Province after the advocacy meeting conducted by RNPC Maria Gisela Lonzaga with Dr. Mila Villar, PHO/PNAO and Quirino Provincial Nutrition Services Division led by Ms. Luningning Rhodes last 25 January.  The meeting initially discussed the concepts and next steps of LHEARN project in the province.

RNPC Lonzaga initially shared that the LHEARN project is among the three (3) main components of the PPAN Peer Learning Approach. LHEARN is a capacity-building platform that facilitates the sharing and exchange of knowledge and experiences on nutrition program management between the LHEARN site and the learner LGU. She then assessed the capability of Quirino Province to be a LHEARN site using the LHEARN selection and validation tool, which the province easily complied the set criteria, being a Nutrition Honor Awardee, home of nutrition champions, and their exemplary nutrition program management.

322935225 1316000762571791 1025414250475740471 nTUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN----- Cagayan Valley Nutrition Action Officers (CVNAOs) and Cagayan Valley District City Municipalities Nutrition Program Coordinators (CVDCMNPCs) association conducted the 2022 joint virtual General Assembly on 28 December 2022.

Ms. Maria Gisela Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, acknowledged the presence of nutrition action officers and nutrition program coordinators during the virtual general assembly.

“I am very happy that we are ending the year 2022 with additional knowledge specially in newswriting, documentation and recordkeeping which are very vital in our work and offices,” she happily shared.

She then discussed the updated Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2023-2028 and emphasized the nutrition interventions that the local nutrition committees should adopt in their locality.

Mr. Mark Djeron Tumabao, social media manager and news editor-PIA Region 02, shared tips and basic information about newswriting. He also emphasized that it is important to follow basic rules and format to ensure that the workers are writing a news rather than an editorial.

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The theme of the 2023 Goiter Awareness Week is “Leeg Kapain, Goiter Sugpuin: Isip ay Patalinuhin, Iodized Salt ay Gamitin.” which highlights the importance of using iodized salt in preventing goiter and the function of iodine in an individual’s cognitive development.

According to the 2021 National Nutrition survey of DOST-FNRI, around 64.9% or 6 out of 10 households are aware of iodized salt but only 55.7% or 1 out of 2 households claims using iodized salt in their cooking and only 33.2% uses adequately iodized salt. 17.3% and 3.5% perceive iodized salt can prevent goiter and is good for the brain respectively.

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN----- The Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) and Balay ni IFAN Media Group Region 02 conducted its 4th quarter joint virtual meeting, s. 2022 through Zoom Virtual Platform last 20 December 2022.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Edzell Arcinue, Nutrition Officer III representing Ms. Maria Gisela M. Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator- NNC R02, acknowledged the presence of Mr. Gomel C. Gabuna, Director II-FDA North Luzon Cluster, and emphasized the importance of strengthened partnership of DOH, NNC and FDA in the implementation of RA 8172 in the region.

In addition, he acknowledged the continuous assistance of media members in dissemination of information related to Asin Law implementation. He also acknowledged the personnel in the Bantay Asin Checkpoints who continuously rendered services despite the risks of contracting COVID-19.

Nutrition Shepherding in Lasam Continues

The National Nutrition Council Region II conducted a Regional Nutrition Shepherding Activity in Lasam, Cagayan last 17 January 2023 to kick off this year’s continued nutrition shepherding in the municipality. RNPC Maria Gisela Lonzaga and NO III Edzell Arcinue met with Hon. Mayor Dexter Agatep of Lasam, Cagayan together with selected MNC members including MHO Dr. Lorelie Remando and MNAO Kjara Agatep.

RNPC Lonzaga updated Mayor Agatep on current develops on the project and nutrition programs in the municipality. She recognized the effort of the Lasam MNC headed by Mayor Agatep in accomplishing the nutrition shepherding action plan formulated by the Regional Nutrition Shepherding Team (RNST) last 2022. Mayor Agatep ensured the continued commitment of the MNC under his leadership to improve nutrition program management in their municipality.