Cebu City—The threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) does not hamper NNC 7 personnel to continue its delivery of technical assistance to local governments under its wing. Armed with courage to face the unseen enemy and commitment to ensure improved access to quality nutrition and related interventions, the region’s Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) team conducted a monitoring and review of the system amidst the pandemic.

The monitoring and systems review was held recently via a combination of online and in person conference participated by the members of the LNEWS-FNS core team of the six areas implementing the program. These LGUs are Carmen, Alcantara, and Dalaguete for Cebu Province; municipalities of Pilar and Buenavista in Bohol Province; and City of Bais in Negros Oriental.

wonders of dietary fiber

Cebu City - What is Dietary fiber? Is it essential?  Dietary fiber is a plant-based nutrient that is sometimes called roughage or bulk. It is a type of carbohydrate but, unlike other carbs, it cannot be broken down into digestible sugar molecules. Although fiber cannot be digested, it is being moved down the digestive tract as nutrients are being digested, and can do some great things that positively impact our health. Fiber passes through the intestinal tract relatively intact. However, fiber does a lot of good work in our body. One of its most important roles is aiding digestion. It helps our body get rid of excess waste.

Several studies show the benefits of dietary fiber in our overall health. These includes better gut, protection against heart disease, helps reduced diabetes risk an even in weight management.  Dietary fiber is an essential component of a healthy diet.

sms cebu bns

Consolacion, Cebu—The National Nutrition Council Region VII, together with the local
nutrition committee of Consolacion, Cebu conducted a refresher course for Barangay
Nutrition Scholars (BNSs). It was attended by twenty-one (21) BNSs who were
accompanied by at least one barangay health worker for larger barangays in the
municipality. The activity was held on 08 to 10 March 2021 in the town’s function hall.
The refresher course aimed to revitalize Barangay Nutrition Scholars’ knowledge on
their roles and responsibilities as a volunteer, provide updates on the current
development of the nutrition program and develop BNS’ skills on weight and height
taking. The benefits of being a BNS including their privilege to avail of the Civil Service
Commission eligibility as well as other welfare services provided by NNC and the BNS
regional federation were also discussed. The training ended with a practicum on basic
anthropometric measurements.

importance of hydration

Cebu City - Water is very essential in our life in any aspect—from our blood system carrying oxygen and nutrients, getting rid of waste products, keeping our digestive system well-functioning, to even maintaining our skin healthy. Water and proper hydration play a huge role in our daily living.

Proper hydration is one of the most important aspects of a healthy diet. Drinking enough liquids to keep the fluid levels in the body helps to ensure that your body is functioning well. Studies have recommended drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.

8 women centered

Cebu City, Nancy Ucag-Cudis, MIND7 VP for Social Media - The National Nutrition Council Region 7 lists down eight ideas for women-centered nutrition programs, activities, or projects (PAPs) that barangays or local government units (LGUs) can initiate and maintain to concretely show their support for the health and nutrition of women in general and pregnant and lactating mothers and adolescent females in particular.

These ideas came about following the second live stream episode of NNC 7’s Educational Health and Nutrition Information Sharing Geared Towards Development (e-Hisgot), which focused on women and nutrition, on March 17, 2021.


LNEWS monitoring

Cebu City—In adapting to the new normal, the National Nutrition Council Region 7
conducted the Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security
(LNEWS-FNS) refresher course via blended learning for core group teams on 29 and 31
March 2021.
In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the country has undergone several
changes in food, nutrition, and economic environment that affect the community’s
nutritional status. The refresher training course is very timely during this pandemic as it
threatens food and security in the community.