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web team meeting28 January 2022, Davao City- The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Davao Region conducted its First Web Team Meeting for 2022 via Google Meet. It was attended by all the regional staff and presided by OIC NO III Alona E. Teo.

The meeting’s agenda focused on the upcoming web activities and events for 2022. The budgetary breakdown for each activity was also discussed with the aid of NO II Charlane Jickain. Hence, the meeting aimed to continuously enhance the capacity of the regional web team members on new government standards, new tools, and technologies.

ASIN LawThe Act for Salt Iodization Nationwide (ASIN LAW), or the Republic Act 8172, is the requirement of the addition of iodine to salt intended for the animal and human consumption in order to eliminate micronutrient malnutrition in the country. The Act was approved on December 20, 1995 by former President Fidel V. Ramos. The ASIN LAW was formulated to contribute in the country’s effort of eliminating micronutrient malnutrition, particularly the iodine deficiency disorders which is still a public health concern in the country.

RiceDid you know that rice is a type of cereal grain? The term “cereal” is derived from the Roman goddess of agriculture, Cerese, whose name was derived from the verb “creare”, which means to create. Based on archeological evidence, rice was cultivated in Thailand as early as 4500 BC. Asia produces 94 % of the world’s rice and the Philippines ranks 9th in world production of rice. Culturally, rice is considered as a symbol of life and fertility. This is why rice is sometimes thrown at the bride and groom during wedding ceremonies.

Rice comes in various forms depending on its type and processing such as milling which removes the hull and polishing which removes the brown colored bran and germ layer of rice. Thus, different types include white rice, converted rice, brown rice, glutinous rice and specialty rice.

ChickenDid you know that the original ancestors of the domesticated chicken, the Southeast Asian Red Fowl is native to the Philippines and nearby Asian Countries? This is why it is one of the top raised poultry and is found in many Filipino dishes. Poultry refers to different kinds of domesticated fowl used as food. Main poultry sources include chicken, duck, goose, turkey, pigeons and quail. This article will focus on Chicken and its nutrient content, health benefits, proper storage, cooking tips and recommended intake.

Nutrient Content & Health Benefits

One pound of cooked chicken (453.3 grams) contains 857 calories and 105.5 grams of protein. Chicken consist of 65% water, 23% protein, 11% fat, and less than 1% of carbohydrates. It is also an excellent source of many nutrients, including protein, iron, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B12. It contains significant amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, phosphorus and choline.
When compared to other meats, its protein and vitamin content are somewhat similar to meat with a few exceptions. In terms of fat and cholesterol, the dark meat in chicken found in the legs and thighs contain higher fat, calories and iron as compared to the white meat portions such as the chicken breast. When the skin is removed, fat content significantly goes down and an individual may save up to 100 calories just by removing the skin and visible fat. Therefore chicken breast with no skin and fat is a good option for those trying to lose weight or reduce their fat or cholesterol intake such as individuals with dyslipidemia and hypertension.

heart healthy

Every February the first thing that always comes in our mind is celebrating Valentine’s Day which is properly observed as a day to celebrate love. But did you know that every February we also celebrate the Philippine Heart Month.

On January 9, 1973, the month of February was declared as Philippine Heart Month, through Proclamation No. 1096, series of 1973. The celebration seeks to promote awareness of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) as a serious and rising health problem in the country. It encourages people to give support and advocate in promoting cardiovascular health and wellness.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), one of the leading causes of death globally is cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) which accounts to 17.9 million deaths each year.

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This February 4, we are observing National Cancer Awareness Month and World Cancer Day with the theme “Close the care gap. Everyone deserves access to affordable, quality cancer care”. This campaign aims to educate cancer patients, individuals living with cancer, and cancer survivors with recent and reliable information on cancer prevention and treatment, as well as practical guidance, support, and referral. As of 2021, cancer ranked 3rd in the leading causes of death among Filipinos with heart diseases as the leading cause of death. Despite lower cancer death incidence for the past year, many cases are considered undiagnosed and untreated due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic which reduced access to preventive care, early diagnosis and treatment.

In the newest Cancer Control Program Continuum and Strategic plan of 2021-2030, DOH focused on improving access to health services in the primary care level. Nutrition and lifestyle interventions, smoking cessation and vaccination are considered as one of the primary preventive strategies for the prevention of cancer. Aside from these, it also includes strategies to improve access to early screening, diagnosis, treatment, surveillance & survivorship and end-of-life care and access to right information.