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January2023 Jimalalud PIRJimalalud, Negros Oriental – The Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) of Jimalalud, Negros Oriental conducted its 4th Quarter Meeting and Program Implementation Review (PIR) on 29 December 2022 at the Municipal Mayor’s Office.

The said activity was attended by Mayor Hazel C. Tuanda, Sangguniang Bayan members (SB on Health and Agriculture), Municipal Agriculture Officer, ABC President, MDRRM and DepEd Representatives, and other nutrition stakeholders in the Municipality.

January2023 BNS OPTBasay, Negros Oriental – The dedicated Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) of Basay like in other areas in Central Visayas starts their annual Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus every January of each year as they start the OPT season. The first quarter of the year is considered the busiest time of the year of the BNSs. During this period, they together with the other members of the OPT Team measure the height and weight of all 0 – 59 months old children in their assigned barangays, conduct nutrition education and counseling, do household visits, and validate and re-validate the data before submission to the Municipal Health/Nutrition Office.

Proudly wearing their t-shirts with the label “Barangay Nutrition Scholars” so they can be easily recognized in the community, they room around the barangays to perform this one function they are most known of. The frontline nutrition workers of Basay are frequently reminded to ensure the collection of quality data especially since the municipality ranked top in the prevalence of malnutrition in the entire province. This year, the Municipal Nutrition Committee aims to cover at least 85% of all 0-59 months old children. 

January2023 potassium sodiumCebu City - What is the relationship between potassium and sodium? Are they good for the body?

All body tissues require the mineral potassium. It is also called an electrolyte since it carries a small amount of charge that activates cells and other nerve functions. The main role of potassium is to help maintain the fluid inside the cells of our body.

While sodium, being the counterpart of potassium maintains the regular fluid levels outside of the cells.

January2023 VitaminsCebu City – There are two types of vitamins as we all know. The fat-soluble and the water-soluble vitamins. Both have beneficial effects on our bodies. But what really is the function of vitamins in our body?

Vitamins have many roles in the body not just by improving the immune system, but also turns food into energy, as well as repairing damaged cells in the body. Several bodily functions depend on them, including cell reproduction, growth, and energy transport within the cell.

January2023 GoodFood GoodMoodCebu City – Nutrition is a pivotal concept, and over the years has always highlighted its role in maintaining and improving physical health. With the recent studies published, providing your body with good nutrition has also been shown to have effects on your mental and emotional well-being. With food as a source of energy for how our bodies cope with daily activities, it also fuels the brain to secrete chemical compositions to keep our nervous system at its optimum function.

Our gut, or what others refer to as our second brain, partially determines the fate of our moods. In physiology, the GI or the gastrointestinal tract is home to millions of microbiomes, in which the production process greatly influences the secretion of chemical messengers that carry signals from the gut to the brain (like serotonin and dopamine). Consuming foods that are nutritionally dense is shown to promote the production of good bacteria in the gut, and directly affects the production of previously mentioned hormones to improve the mood. Halting the production process of these chemical messengers would negatively affect your mood. Feelings such as evidence of energy slumps, irritability, and even difficulty in sleeping are shown to be associated with one's poor choices of food.

So, what foods should you include in your diet to help give your mood a boost?

January2023 comfort FoodTagbilaran City – You can't help but be concerned about our society's stresses. Some people may find that eating a nutrient-dense diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and other healthy foods helps them manage their uneasiness.

Here are the lists of food that can make you feel better:

Fatty Fish - Omega-3 fatty fish include salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and herring. Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to improved cognitive function and mental health. It has also Vitamin D which improves your mood.