DASH diet is an eating plan recommended for people suffering from Hypertension, hence it is designed to prevent and alleviate elevated blood pressure. This diet promotes the consumption of vegetables and fruits, lean meat and dairy products, and the inclusion of micronutrients like calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which are believed to benefit blood pressure. Furthermore, it advocates the reduction of sodium in the diet to about 1500 mg/day and emphasizes on consumption of minimally processed and fresh food. Foods high in saturated fat and added sugars are also limited since they can raise the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol levels in the blood.

According to studies, the DASH diet had shown evidence of lowering the risk of adverse cardiac events, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It became an essential strategy to prevent chronic diseases and an effective adjunct to pharmacological therapy in treating metabolic syndromes.

cervical cancer posterDid you know that about 6 out of 10 women diagnosed with cervical cancer die each year worldwide? This is due to a persistent infection of high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which causes throat and cervical cancer. This May, we are observing the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month to promote awareness, prevention and screening strategies for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer takes 15 - 20 years to develop and is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer through vaccination and early screening especially in developing countries such as the Philippines.

What is Cervical Cancer?

The cervix is located deep in the vagina with a donut shape appearance that serves as the opening for the uterus where menstrual blood and sperm passes through during menstruation or intercourse. During sexual contact, it gets exposed to trauma or small injuries and makes it at risk for HPV infection. The virus causes the cells of the cervix to multiply uncontrollably until it becomes cancerous and causes spread of cancer cells to nearby organs.

womensrightsWhat are women’s rights and why do we fight for it? Since the 15th-century women are portrayed as weak or inferior to men whose only role is to bear children and take care of the household. In some societies, women are deprived of basic resources such as food, clothing, and shelter, and there are still some groups or societies that violate women’s rights to freedom of movement, sexual and reproductive health, and freedom from discrimination. However, there had been numerous successes in terms of advancing women’s rights such as the successful approval of women’s right to vote during the 19th century and international laws such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Form of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) IN 1979.

Now, we would like to highlight some of the advancements in women’s rights in the field of health and nutrition:

HemophiliaHaemophilia came from the words Hema which mean “blood” and Philia means “love of”. Hemophilia is an inherited genetic disorder that impairs the body’s ability to form blood clots, a process needed to stop bleeding. This results in people bleeding for a longer time after an injury, easy bruising, and an increased risk of bleeding inside joints and the brain. People with mild cases of hemophilia may have symptoms after an accident or surgery. Bleeding into a joint can result in permanent damage to the joint. Bleeding in the brain results in long-term headaches, seizures, or decreased level of consciousness.

The following are some of the dietary and nutrition advice to manage hemophilia:

WomenforNutritionThis women’s month we will feature some of the notable women who contributed to the advancement of women’s rights and advocating against malnutrition; safeguarding children and women’s health. Today’s feature personality is Mayor Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio also known as Inday Sara. Mayor Inday Sara was born in Davao City on May 31, 1978, and is the daughter of the current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Elizabeth Zimmerman. She finished BS Respiratory Therapy in San Pedro College in 1999 and later took up a Law degree in San Sebastian College-Recoletos and graduated in 2005. 2 years later her career grew and was elected as Vice Mayor of Davao City from 2007-to 2010. Afterwards, she was re-elected as Mayor of Davao City from 2010 - to 2013. She is now on her second term since 2016 and now currently running for a national position as Vice President in the May 2022 elections. 

As Mayor, she was able to continue and promote existing laws and ordinances on health and nutrition. One important example is her approval and signing of the updated version of “Davao City Children’s Welfare Code” in 2016 which was previously approved and signed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in 1994. It is a local policy that aims to protect the rights of children in terms of survival, protection, participation, and development as well as the role of the family in providing support and childcare from infancy to adolescence. The following are some of the highlights from the code that supports good nutrition for both women and their children:

RNPC Meeting 04 19 2219 April 2022-Davao City-- the Regional Nutrition Committee XI approved 5 new Resolutions during its 1st semester meeting at Star Hotel, Davao City. Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson presented the five (5) proposed resolutions to the group. She gave a brief background and highlighted the importance of the following Resolutions:

  • Resolution for the Celebration of Nutrition Month “New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama- samang Gawan ng Solusyon!”
  • Resolution commending the 2019 National Outstanding Municipal Nutrition Coordinator Mr. Bhenzar M. Sam of Maco, Davao de Oro
  • Resolution commending the 2019 Nutrition Honor Awardee-Tagum City
  • Resolution to Intensify the Local Government Unit Mobilization Action for RPAN 2023-2028 of Davao region
  • Approval of the Proposed Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project (PMNP), a package of nutrition- specific and –sensitive interventions to reduce stunting in target LGUs in Davao region

To provide a more comprehensive background into each of the proposed Resolution, designated NNC XI Staff presented some brief but relevant highlights on the proposed resolutions. OIC-NO III Teo discussed the 2022 Nutrition Month celebration activities and objectives of this year’s theme “New Normal sa Nutrisyon, Sama-samang Gawan ng Solusyon!”. She emphasized the key messages 1) to increase efforts to preserve and promote proper nutrition must be part of the pandemic resilience strategies, 2) promote and adopt health-enhancing nutrition behaviors including consumption of sustainable healthy diets, 3) call for continued solidarity to support food and nutrition security, especially the most vulnerable, 4) expand multi-sectoral engagements to scale-up nutrition intervention, and 5) strengthen leadership and governance in nutrition across all levels. OIC-NO III Teo also shared the suggested actions for partners.