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Negros Oriental, ND II, Chutsvieka May Pacatang, HRH for Nutrition - Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease including stroke, heart attack, heart failure, aneurysm, and sometimes death. You'd never know you have it without having your blood pressure checked. The excessive pressure on your artery walls caused by high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels as well as your organs. The higher your blood pressure and the longer it goes uncontrolled, the greater the damage. Keeping the blood pressure in a normal range is very important in reducing the risks of its dangerous complications.

Our blood pressure can be influenced by many factors including our genes, certain medications, lifestyle, and eating habits. Based on the 8th National Nutrition Survey of the DOST-FNRI in 2015, 22.3% of the adult population in the Philippines is considered hypertensive. This figure is lower than the 25.3% 2008 prevalence (7th NNS). The incidence of hypertension peaks in the 50-59 age group males have a higher prevalence than females in every age group. However, most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms and are not aware that they already have this disease. A few people with high blood pressure may have headaches, shortness of breath, or bleeding of the nose, but these signs and symptoms aren't specific and usually don't occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage.

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Siquijor Province ND II Grace E. Adolfo. HRH for Nutrition - Three (3) municipalities of Siquijor Province, namely Larena, Maria, and Siquijor, are the pilot beneficiaries of the recently launched Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program (TKSP) of the National Nutrition Council (NNC).

The program aims to answer the call of the First 1,000 Days Law and serve as a platform in the reduction of malnutrition by focusing on the nutritionally at-risk pregnant women in their third trimester to prevent giving birth to underweight infants and contribute to the country’s efforts of reducing stunting and other forms of malnutrition.

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Cortes, Bohol, ND II, Annie Claire Añasco, HRH for Nutrition – The local government unit of Cortes through the Municipal Nutrition Committee conducted local monitoring and evaluation of its 14 barangays amid the COVID-19 pandemic following the prescribed COVID-19 protocols. The evaluation aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the barangays in planning and implementing local nutrition programs. 

The local evaluation held on November to December 2020 was led by Public Health Nurse and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Mairene B. Uy. She was joined by Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinator Elisa G. Antasuda, Municipal Agriculturist Esmeralda L. Paga, Municipal Social Welfare Development representative Francisca Lumandag, and Municipal Local Government Operations Office representative Virginia C. Boctoto. District Nutritionist and District Nutrition Program Coordinator Fe C. Oribia, RND, and ND II Annie Claire B. Añasco, HRH for Nutrition also provided technical assistance during the evaluation.

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Dimiao, Bohol, ND II Marcel John J. Cartin, HRH for Nutrition – Parents of the 72 children enrolled in the Dietary Supplementation Program (DSP) of Dimiao, Bohol were enthusiastic as their children return to their normal weights after having completed the feeding program organized by the Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC). The local government of this coastal town implemented a 120-day DSP for ninety preschool children coming from their 35 barangays that spans from December 2020 to March 2021.

Despite the pandemic situation that the world is currently experiencing, Dimiao MNC still managed to find ways to improve the health and nutrition situation of their children. They did not let the COVID-19 situation hinder them in achieving their goal of reducing underweight and other forms of malnutrition in their locality and pursuing their advocacy of promoting good health through proper nutrition. The supplementary feeding program they implemented involved the provision of Nutribits in addition to the regular meals to identified 6 to 23 months undernourished children. A Nutribit is a mixture of ground cereals mung beans and milk. These are produced and procured from Guio-ang Agrarian Reform Community Beneficiary Cooperative. The Nutribits were enhanced with either cocoa, or squash to increase its nutritive content.

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Borbon Cebu, Nurse I, Karen Esmero, HRH for Nutrition – The municipality of Borbon is “on track” in its nutrition program implementation. This was the major finding of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) who visited this fourth income class municipality north of Cebu during the 2021 Monitoring and Evaluation of the Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro.

Borbon, famous for its beautiful beaches was one of the four randomly selected municipalities as sample area for the MELLPI Pro of Cebu Province. The RNET visited this place on 15 to 16 April 2021 and did a desk review of the submitted documents using the six dimensions of the MELLPI Pro tool. The team also went to three randomly selected barangays in compliance with RNC Resolution No. 020-02 “Expanding the regional MELLPI Pro coverage and enjoining local nutrition committees to adopt the MELLPI Pro”.

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Cebu City – PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a disorder common among women nowadays. It affects a woman's hormone levels. Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones. This hormone imbalance causes their body to skip menstrual periods and makes it harder for them to get pregnant. They experience irregular periods or no periods at all, difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate), excessive hair growth (hirsutism) usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks, weight gain, thinning hair and hair loss from the head and oily skin or acne.

PCOS is common among women 15 and 44 years old. Most women will discover they have PCOS early in their 20s or in their 30s when they realized that they have problems getting pregnant. Obese and overweight women are at risk of getting PCOS. Some acquire the syndrome genetically. This condition increases the risk of women to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, lipid disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and certain forms of malignancies such as breast and endometrial cancer. The actual cause of this syndrome is unknown. However environmental factors such as dietary habits play an important role in prevention and treatment and lifestyle modifications are the most important therapeutic strategies in these patients.