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RO9 MalariaDAyThe World Malaria Day is being celebrated every 25th of April that highlights the responsibility of each and every one to participate to end malaria and to get closer to a malaria-free world. This year’s theme, “Zero Malaria-Draw the Line against Malaria” is adherent to its advocacy to end malaria by 2030 (DOH, 2019). To be able to achieve this goal; keep malaria high on the political agenda, mobilize additional resources and empower the communities to take control and preventive care. What is the government doing to prevent malaria in the Philippines?

RO9 MNCOn April 20, 2021, the ECCD F1K Provincial Nutrition Coordinator (PNC) for Zamboanga del Norte Ms. Rowence F. Zorilla attended the joint meeting of the Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC) and Local Health Board (LHB) of Pinan, Zamboanga del Norte to discuss the Tutok Kainan Guidelines, SMS-Monitoring Tool, Monitoring Template, IAR Form and Inventory Form. PNC Zorilla also made a courtesy call to Pinan Municipal Mayor Hon. Cecilia J. Carreon and to Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Arlene Awit. The meeting was presided by Hon. Mayor Carreon and was participated by twenty (20) members of MNC and LHB, and PNC Zorilla from NNC 9.

The agenda of the meeting were the presentation of the Operation Timbang (OPT) 2021, the presentation on Updates of underweight and severely underweight by sponsors, creation of the Municipal Nutrition Evaluation Team (MNET) for MELLPI PRO Evaluation, COVID-19 updates and Vaccine Deployment and the overview of the Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program.

RO9 OatmealMany foods fall in and out of favor as health trends come and go but not oatmeal. For many years, this whole-grain powerhouse has been packing serious nutrition and hearty flavor on our breakfast. It’s one of the few comfort foods that is good for you.. Oatmeal is also readily available and easy to prepare, you can cook oatmeal on your stove top, in your microwave, or in a slow cooker. "Overnight Oats" are also popular.

According to Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, a specialist in behavior and lifestyle modification, nutritional therapy, obesity and weight management, incorporating oatmeal on your diet would give you so many benefits. Oats can lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and help you 'Go'. Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber forms a viscous gel that helps to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose levels. The insoluble fiber in oats helps provide a "moving" experience by curtailing constipation and improving intestinal health. According to the recommended energy and nutrient intakes for Filipinos, a daily intake of 20-25 g dietary fiber is advised.

RO9 TutokIn preparation for the implementation of the Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program (DSP) for pregnant women and 6-23 months old children, NNC 9 Provincial Nutrition Coordinator (PNC) for Zamboanga del Sur, Ms. Marie-Claire Gaas, conducted an orientation to Nutrition and Health Implementers in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur (ZDS) on April 16 and 19, 2021.

On April 16, 2021, PNC Gaas, visited the City Nutrition Office of Pagadian City to conduct the orientation where seven (7) Barangay Nutrition Scholars and four (4) City Nutrition Program Coordinators were in attendance. Then, on April 19, 2021, an orientation was conducted along with ZDS PNAO Ms. Grace Sumogue, PNO staff and to four (4) Nutritionist-Dieticians under the DOH-CHD9 deployed in ZDS.

RO9 KamoteSweet potato is considered as one of the most important crops in the Philippines, according to the Department of Agriculture. It is cultivated as a basic staple food and used as the main ingredient in a wide array of merienda or snacks in the Philippines, such as kamote cue, kamote fries, and kamote chips. Sweet potatoes may offer a variety of health benefits that possibly one doesn’t even know.

1. Helps manage diabetes

RO9 RamadhanThe holy month of Ramadan is a special month of the year for our Muslim community which usually begins during the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, when the new crescent moon can first be seen. Muslims consider fasting in Ramadan as a core part of their religious beliefs and is believed to connect them more deeply with their religion and to have self-reflection.  We have a lot of different Muslims with different traditions but when it comes to Ramadan, fasting is a ritual shared by nearly every Muslim. Before dawn, people eat a meal called the “suhoor'' and break their fast after sunset which is called the “iftar”. No food and/or drinks were taken between sunrise and sunset for the entire month during the fasting period of Ramadan. As with any other diets, fasting is not advised for everyone thus, during Ramadan pregnant women and other individuals with underlying conditions such as diabetes are not required to fast.