2019 NM Article

3 July 2019 – 2019 MIMAROPA Nutrition Month celebration was launched in partnership with the Provincial Government of Marinduque and the Municipality of Mogpog last July 3, at the Mogpog Municipal Covered Court. This year’s theme was “Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo…Push natin ‘to!” which aims to promote awareness on the importance of healthy diet and physical activity.

The event started with simultaneous Fun Walk and Fun Bike around the town of Mogpog participated by nutrition advocates and bike enthusiasts in coordination with PNP – Mogpog and Emergency Rescue Team of Marinduque.

Following the welcome remarks by Hon. Augusto Leo M. Livelo, Mogpog Municipal Mayor, Hon. Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., Governor of Marinduque, also welcomed the participants and guests, and expressed his gratefulness for choosing Mogpog, Marinduque as the venue for the Regional Launching of Nutrition Month. In his message, he shared the importance of nutrition on the health of every individual and to the community. The event was also attended by Buenavista Mayor Nancy C. Madrigal and Torrijos Mayor Lorna Q. Velasco who both expressed support to nutrition programs in their respective municipalities. Ms. Carina Santiago formally opened the event, and discussed the three (3) key messages of 2019 Nutrition Month – 1. Have at least one (1) hour of physical activity everyday; 2. Limit screen time to two (2) hours or less per day; and 3. Eat the three (3) food groups –Go, Grow, and Glow-everyday.

Mr. Edzell Arcinue, Nutrition Officer III – NNC MIMAROPA, emphasized the importance of having a physical activity on a daily routine and the benefits it provides to an individual. Also, he explained how an individual can achieve a healthy body through proper food choices. Mr. Ace Patriarca, Nutrition Officer I – NNC MIMAROPA showed how we can incorporate physical activity in our daily lives. Subsequently, NutriQuiz was held to measure the participants’ attentiveness to the lecture. Winners received exciting prizes from NNC MIMAROPA.

The program was capped off with a Zumba Dance Exercise as a response to one of the key messages of this year’s theme which is to increase the physical activity and to reduce the sedentary lifestyle of individuals and families, which was enjoyed by all of the attendees.

Around 400 participants joined the regional launching of Nutrition month composed of representatives from NNC MIMAROPA led by OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Carina Z. Santiago, Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Nutrition, Nutrition Action Officers’ Association of the Philippines - MIMAROPA (NAOPA-MIMAROPA), District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators’ Association of the Philippines - MIMAROPA (DCNPCAP-MIMAROPA), Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Region IV-B (FBNS IV-B), and the Palawan, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Occidental Mindoro Nutrition Communicators (PROMO Nutri Com), the Barangay Nutrition Scholars of all the six (6) municipalities of Marinduque, and local chief executives of Marinduque led by Honorable Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr.

Nutrition Month is celebrated every month of July as per mandate by P.D. 491 or Nutrition Act of the Philippines to create greater awareness on the importance of nutrition. - BLVMEstrella