March2023 OPT Reporting 1Cebu City – So you’re done with the weight and height/length-taking portion of the OPT Plus and now you are ready to prepare the report for your local nutrition committee, where do you start?

The first step of course is data entry and encoding of results using the eOPT tool but what next?

There are several forms that one needs to prepare after all the data has been inputted into the form and we are here to help you out with that. With a little introduction to each form.

March2023 unintentional weight lossTagbilaran City – Losing weight without dieting or increasing exercise is known as unintentional weight loss. That could happen when you lose your appetite or when you're eating the same number of calories as normal.

Unintentional weight loss can be very upsetting, especially if you don't know why you lost a fair amount of weight. Unintentional weight loss may be a symptom of a more serious disease or condition, or it may be as simple as a stomach virus. Those with pre-existing medical issues such as depression, AIDS, and cancer are the ones who often lose weight unintentionally.

Signs of unintentional weight loss

March2023 obesityCebu City – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region VII joined World Obesity Day by joining the forum online organized by NNC on 3 March 2023 at the Sheraton Manila Bay Hotel aired live via its official FaceBook Page. World Obesity Day was established in 2015 as an annual campaign with the goal of encouraging and supporting practical actions that will assist people in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight as well as reversing the global obesity crisis.

The 2023 celebration that returns on 4 March carried the theme “Changing Perspectives: Let’s Talk About Obesity”. Its goal is to change perspectives: to correct misconceptions, end stigmas and get everybody to make the decision to shift from single views to shared strategies.

Obesity as defined by the World Health Organization is an "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that poses a risk to health". It is measured by Body Mass Index (BMI), though other methods, such as waist and height ratios, can be more accurate when combined with BMI.

March2023 SBCC Key MessagesCebu City - Earlier today 06 March 2023, the National Nutrition Council Region VII (NNC 7) had a virtual meeting with the Regional Nutrition Committee-Technical Working Group (RNC-TWG) members: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) and Feed the Children along with their respective communication specialists. This was to help the Nutrition Information and Education team of NNC7 in fine-tuning the key messages and strategies of the 2023 Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) plan.

The meeting was headed by the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Parolita “Letlet” A. Mission of NNC 7. An overview of the planned SBCC and the 49th Nutrition Month plans and activities were presented by NNC 7’s DMO II Gabe Henriel P. Sucalit, along with the 2022 results nutrition messages recall survey.

March2023 zinc deficiencyCebu City - Zinc is an essential nutrient found in a variety of plant and animal foods, along with supplements. It plays a key role in skin health, immune function, and cell growth and may protect against acne, inflammation, and other conditions.

The role of zinc in our body is to participate in metabolic reactions such as the synthesis or degradation of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. It interacts with insulin to facilitate the uptake of glucose by cells of adipose tissue and facilitates wound healing and blood clotting.

March2023 NPM HRHNsCebu City – As the region welcomes the new human resources for health for nutrition, the National Nutrition Council Region VII conducts a three-day crash course training on the Nutrition Program Management training on 1 – 3 March 2023 at the DOH Mini Conference Room, DOH CV CHD Compound, Cebu City.

Ten (10) new HRH-Ns were present during the three-day training where they were also oriented on the basic nutrition program management skills.

The short course was composed of 7 modules and was discussed by the NNC 7 technical staff and DOH CV CHD representatives. Among the topics discussed include the presentation on the importance of investing in nutrition; the present nutritional status of Central Visayas and the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, and the government’s strategies in response to the nutrition problem.