RO9 SugarBWSugar is a natural ingredient that has been part of the human diet for thousands of years. While there are many types, brown and white sugar are among the most popular varieties. Given that white and brown sugar originate from the same crops — either the sugarcane or sugar beet plant — they are quite similar.

RO9 ProteinProtein is made up of building blocks called amino acids. It is a nutrient that our body needs to grow and repair cells and to work properly. Some amino acids can be made by our body, and these are called non-essential amino acids. While those amino acids that our body cannot make are called essential amino acids and we must consume food or include them into our diet for us to have them so that our body can function well. Protein is essential to building bones, body tissues, and muscles and even plays an important part in metabolic reactions and immune responses as well.

Because of these, we must consume protein every day because our body does not store proteins the same way it stores carbohydrates and fats. The amount of energy our body uses, age, sex, body weight, activity levels, health conditions, and a number of other factors influence how much protein we need. Thus, it is important to consume both plants and animals that provide good sources of protein.

RO9 PagaMilkFeedUnderstanding the growth and development impact of providing women good nutrition during pregnancy, the city of Pagadian formally launched their Milk Feeding Program for Pregnant Women last Monday, May 31, 2021. The program was spearheaded by the City Mayor Hon. Samuel S. Co along with City Administrator and City Nutrition Action Officer Designate Engr. Joseph Isaias M. Quipot VI. The Committee on Health and Social Services, Dr. Priscilla M. Fernandez, City Nutrition Program Coordinators and Barangay Nutrition Scholars were also in attendance.

RO9 ZDsMilkIn pursuit of providing nutritional assistance to school children amidst COVID-19 pandemic, the Schools Division of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur (ZamboSur) continued their School-based Feeding Program (SBFP) for school children last May 17, 2021. The feeding program was led by the Department of Education (DepEd), targeting pupils identified to be wasted enrolled in kindergarten, and in Grade 1 to Grade 6. However, as the country keeps up its efforts battling with the COVID-19 pandemic, DepEd decided to extend their program beneficiaries which already includes children who belong to 4Ps and IPs families and drop-out students. The distribution of the food commodity to each beneficiary was simultaneous with the distribution of the modules as minors are not allowed to get out in public and claim their weekly ration in adherence to the minimum health protocols. Fresh milk was also given to each beneficiary.

RO9 SUNThe Philippines became the 51st country to join the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in 2014 and last June 2, 2021, SUN Movement 3.0 was successfully launched in the country virtually with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) as the forefront in the activity. SUN 3.0 is a nutrition strategy covering the period from 2021 to 2025. It prioritizes the country’s leadership and focuses on supporting systemic change by empowering the SUN countries, which includes the Philippines, to be country driven and country led for multisectoral and evidence-based nutrition action for greater nutrition impact. The strategy development and operationalization process are focused on transparency, openness and inclusiveness while also taking the urgent need for greater pace in helping the nutrition community navigate the new COVID-19 landscape in speaking of greater resolution. As part of these efforts, SUN 3.0 aims to contribute towards achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

RO9 PaleoThis pandemic taught us a lot about life, making us rethink if everything will be better in the future. It changes the lifestyle that we are comfortable living in and the convenience we love that makes life much easier. But this pandemic calls our attention to practicing a healthy lifestyle including the right diet to protect and boost the immune system in fighting COVID-19.