January2023 AppleCebu City - “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”, why is this statement popular among people? And certainly, this proverb is familiar to you.

One of the most popular fruits in the world is this crunchy, vividly colored apple. Eating apples isn't a magic cure-all, but it is beneficial to your health. Apples are a very nutrient-dense fruit with numerous health advantages. They include lots of antioxidants and fiber.

January2023 AlugbatiCarmen, Cebu - Ever heard of Malabar Nightshade? Locally named alugbati, it is also called Malabar Spinach. It is a leafy green vegetable and it is a member of the Basellaceae family, and its botanical name is Basella Alba. It has nothing to do with spinach. When raw, it has fleshy, juicy leaves that taste like citrus and pepper. It tastes like spinach when cooked. Malabar spinach is a popular nutritious vegetable that acts as a natural coolant. It nourishes, strengthens the body, purifies the blood, rejuvenates, and acts as an aphrodisiac. Its inclusion in a regular diet helps prevent bone weakness, anemia, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer.

Other than those mentioned, Malabar Nightshade has different health benefits. Here are the following:

January2023 Women EmpowermentCebu City – John C. Maxwell may be up to something when he said, “It is our decision not our conditions that determine our quality of life” and for nutrition, women’s decisions really matter.

On our third installment of women and nutrition, we discuss how women’s decision making can affect their family’s health and nutrition status. If that doesn’t convince you how important women are when it comes to nutrition, then we don’t know what will. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests improving female empowerment to improve better maternal and child malnutrition[i]. Numerous social influences such as food taboos and cultural health beliefs have an impact on health seeking behavior and food and nutrition security thus playing a huge role in both maternal and child malnutrition, but in the end, it is the stakeholders’ decision to fight malnutrition within their household that gives way to a plausible improvement.

January2023 LDLCebu City – Why is it important to know the difference between low biological and high biological value protein?

Protein promotes metabolic reactions, supports tissue growth and repair, and synchronizes biological processes. The number of amino acids in a protein affects its biological significance. A food's biological value is low if it lacks one or more of the essential amino acids (low biological value).

January2023 NEDACebu City – The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia petition which boosts local government units’ (LGU) allocations beginning in 2022, has created new and greater opportunities for the improvement of local nutrition programs.

In accordance with EO 138:  Full Devolution of Certain Functions of the Executive Branch to Local Governments, the Local Budget Memorandum No. 82 (Section 2.3) states that the DBM shall propose the waiving of personnel services limitation for the preparation of LGU annual budgets for fiscal year 2022 to allow local governments to pursue organizational and staffing changes as necessary by priority programs, including nutrition brought up new, greater chance for the advancement of the LGU nutrition programs.

January2023 Sikatuna FINALSikatuna, Bohol – The Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) of Sikatuna, Bohol conducted a program implementation review on 14 December 2022 at the Municipal Function Hall. The said activity was attended by MNC Chairman/ Municipal Mayor Hon. Justiniana Ellorimo, MNAO Dr. Paz A. Maniwang, all their 10 Barangay Nutrition Scholars, and other MNC members.

The activity assessed the level of effectiveness and efficiency of program implementation of the health and nutrition program and to identify any adjustments that could be made to maximize the services provided.