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January2023 NNC7 PIRCebu City - In-charge of the management of nutrition program in Central Visayas and as the secretariat to the Regional Nutrition Committee, the National Nutrition Council Region VII lead by Dr. Parolita A. Mission conducted their annual Program Implementation Review (PIR) for 2022 and the 2023 planning of the regional office. Part of its internal management operations, the activity was held on 9th to 10th of January 2023 at the Golden Valley Hotel, Cebu City.

The session on the first day was an in-depth discussion on the review of the 2022 work and financial plan accomplishments of the different desk of the regional office, that included nutrition surveillance, nutrition policy and planning, nutrition information education, Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program, and the administration & finance. The review also covered the rating of overall quality, timeliness, and efficiency of the different programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) initiated by the team. Insights of the different hindering factors, facilitating factors and recommendations of the sighted strengths and weaknesses of PPAs implemented were also tackled including good practices that can be continued in 2023.

January2023 healthy dietTagbilaran City – Each and every one of us wants to be healthy. The older we get the higher the nutrients needed in our body. Eating a variety of foods is essential in our daily lives. A well-balanced diet that consists of different kinds of foods provides the energy you need to keep active throughout the day. It also provides nutrients you require for growth and repair, helping you to stay strong and healthy and helping to prevent diet-related illnesses, such as diabetes mellitus, heart disease, and certain types of cancers. You may maintain a healthy weight by being active and adhering to a healthy, balanced diet.

Keeping a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet high in fiber from whole grains and low in saturated fat can help lower your chance of getting type 2 diabetes.

January2023 SinulogCebu City – Ang kapistahan ug Sinulog Festival maoy tinuig nga relihiyoso ug kultural nga selebrasyon sa Sugbo alang kang Senyor Santo Niño. Ang selebrasyon giisip nga mao ang una sa labing inila nga kasaulogan sa nasud. Kini nagdani og kapin-milyon nga mga bisita gikan sa nagkalain-laing lugar sa tibook kalibotan matag tuig.

Tungod kay aduna nay kausaban sa mga giya ug health protocols ug ni relaks na usab ang mga restrictions sa pandemya, dili gayud malikayan nga mas daghan ang motambong ug mosalmot niining dakong kasaulogan.

January2023 HydrationCebu City – Sinulog Festival, one of the most celebrated religious festivals in the Philippines, held every third Sunday of January, in Cebu City. This year, the long week celebration started last 5 January 2023, with the Walk with Jesus at Basilica del Sto. Niño followed with the Opening Salvo Mass. Mostly, the activities involved are crowd gathering which includes religious masses, fluvial parade, trade fairs, pilgrimage, street and night parties.

These enjoyable activities come with a health and nutrition risk. The long walks during the street parade, pilgrimage, and the energy exhausted in the night parties utilizes body energy, thus the need to replenish the fluid and electrolyte loss. So, from the devotee of the Sr. Sto. Niño, to the younger generations who choose to join the parties, a reminder from the National Nutrition Council Region VII: keep yourself hydrated out there!

January2023 Cortes PIRCortes, Bohol Province – The Municipal Nutrition Committee of Cortes spearheaded by its Chair and Municipal Mayor Hon. Lynn Iven P. Lim conducted a Program Implementation Review (PIR). The review was held on 28 December 2022 in the municipal conference room.

The PIR is an annual activity conducted by the MNC to review, assess, and evaluate programs, projects, and services to find out the extent of their implementation and determine its impact to the intended clients. The major objectives are to measure the success of project implementation, ascertain how well objectives were reached, draw lessons for the future, and make sure the organization benefits the most from initiatives like business continuity planning.

January2023 SkinBohol Province – Have you ever wondered how specific nutrients might affect the condition of our skin, hair, and nails? Many of us have heard claims about a certain nutrient or ingredient's ability to reduce wrinkles, make hair shine, or strengthen nails on supplements or skincare products. Even though some assertions may be exaggerated, there are some true, scientific links between a few vitamins and minerals and the condition of our skin, hair, and nails.

Let's examine four essential nutrients that are crucial in these areas.