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Final GAW 2022 InfographicsThe National Nutrition Council X joins the country in the observance of the Goiter Awareness Week on 24 to 30 January 2022 with the theme “Leeg ay Tutukan, Goiter ay Lunasan”. Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1188, the Goiter Awareness Week (GAW) is celebrated every fourth week of January. The celebration is done to increase the public’s awareness to prevent and control Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD).

Deficit in the intake of iodine results to IDD. IDD is the leading cause of goiter worldwide. The thyroid gland uses iodine in the bloodstream to make thyroid-stimulating hormones (TSH). When the body is low on iodine, the thyroid will work twice as hard to produce TSH. The cells will then grow and multiply, eventually leading to a goiter. People who have goiter may often have an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland, which is manifested by a mass or swelling in the neck. Patients with goiter may experience tiredness, a decrease or increase in weight, low or increased appetite, depression, dryness of skin and hair, sleepiness, diarrhea or constipation and menstrual irregularities.  

Goiters can be prevented with adequate intake of iodine, fortified salts and also consuming foods rich in iodine, like tuna, shrimp, seaweed, cheese and cow’s milk.

1 SMC Nutrition for Healthy LiverWhat is your new year's resolution for 2022?

To start the year right, have a healthy lifestyle! One way to do this is to follow Kumainment #10 which says “Batoni kanunay ang lagsik nga lawas. Likayi ang ilimnong makahubog; ayaw panigarilyo.” (“Be physically active, make healthy food choices, manage stress, avoid alcoholic beverages and do not smoke to help prevent lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases.”) So, if you’re looking for a sign to stop drinking alcohol (and other vices), this is it.

According to Republic Act No. 10526, signed by former President Benigno S. Aquino III, every January we celebrate "Liver Cancer and Viral Hepatitis Awareness and Prevention Month." The act aims to promote awareness and prevention for liver cancer and viral hepatitis.

TK DSP infographics17 December 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – As part of the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK DSP) implementation, Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) Gwyn Y. Balaba visited the TK DSP areas to follow-up, provide technical assistance on the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) First 1000 days (F1K) fourth (4th) quarter accomplishment reports, and continuation of storage inspection. 

PNFP Balaba allocated two (2) days for the collection of ECCD F1K Q4 accomplishment reports and the resumption of storage inspection. The monitoring proceeded well and smoothly, thanks to the presence and cooperation of Nutrition Action Officers (NAO) and nutrition staff.

Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Geneses Espina of Kibawe's Local Government Unit (LGU) ensures that enough space is available that is well-ventilated, and readily monitored for the impending arrival of food commodities for wasted and stunted children ages 6-23 months. LGU Kadingilan, led by MNAO Jesus Dumangon, and LGU Quezon's Nutrition Officer (NO) I Elizabeth Coquilla, continue to secure for a well-lit and suitable place for storing boxes of food items that is also free of probable infestation. MNAO Espina, Dumangon, and NO I Coquilla are still consolidating data for their ECCD F1K accomplishment report and committed to submit the relevant paperwork once compiled and finalized.

NATIONAL DEWORMING 1Every month of January and July, the National Deworming Month is observed to combat parasitic intestinal worm infection among children. This twice-a-year campaign urges the public especially the parents to have their children dewormed.

Parasitic intestinal worm infection is one of the public health problems among poor and developing countries that is often neglected. In fact, children are more susceptible to worm infection than most adults. This is because children love to play outdoors on fields and playgrounds with contaminated soil. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the most common type of parasitic infection is the soil-transmitted helminth infection which includes worms, roundworms, whipworms and hookworms.

A child infected with intestinal worms may experience diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and weight loss that can affect his or her nutritional status, and will most likely lead to malnutrition. Intestinal worm infection can also contribute to vitamin A deficiency and anemia since it interferes with the absorption of food in the body. The nutritional impairment caused by the infection is seen to greatly affect the physical and cognitive growth and development of a child. This poses a serious threat to a child’s health, education, performance and productivity.  

Going Healthier for Noche BuenaChristmas is fast approaching and everyone is now busy heading to the malls and supermarkets to shop and to buy groceries in preparation for the most wonderful time of the year. Every home is now adapting to the new normal of celebrating for this season and despite of the still ongoing pandemic, celebrations here and there are evident. But with all these celebrations let us not forget to still eat nutritious foods to keep our immune system up so that we still get to celebrate merrily this year and the years to come.

Now, before heading over to the grocery store, below are some healthy handa choices and tips for Noche Buena:

captioned photo LNEWS 2nd Sem Monitoring24 December 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – Every semester, the Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) areas are set for monitoring. The local government units (LGUs) of Kadingilan, Bukidnon, Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental and Ozamiz City were visited last 14, 16 and 17 December 2021, respectively.

The monitoring was attended by the LGUs’ LNEWS-FNS Core Group members, Household Data Collectors, City/Municipal Nutrition Actions Officers (C/MNAOs), and Nutrition Officers (NOs) of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 10. Also, Ozamiz City Administrator Atty. Sam Norman G. Fuentes and City Councilor Katherine C. Lim joined the activity. A total of 32 participants attended the monitoring from the three (3) LNEWS-FNS areas.

Semi-annually, the monitoring is conducted to assess data collection, transmission, and analysis, interpretation, and conversion into the information of the LNEWS-FNS areas. Likewise, it aims to formulate appropriate courses of action in response to specific problems encountered in terms of food and nutrition security.

The C/MNAO of each area presented the updates on the food and nutrition security in their locality and discussed ways to improve the program implementation. In addition, the Household Data Collectors shared their experiences and assistance needed from the City/Municipality and NNC.