NMTACLOBAN CITY -- A motorcade set off the regional launching of 43rd Nutrition Month celebration with the theme “Healthy diet, gawin habit - FOR LIFE!” Some 30 vehicles from government agencies and stake holders, flying the nutrition month theme banner convoyed around the main thoroughfares here and back to the starting point at the City Engineers Gym, for the launching program on July 4, this year.

The program staged a Thematic Talk by Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), and  Felicita R. Borata, Regional Nutrition Program Manager of Department of Health (DOH); a Pledge of Commitment  on HEALTHY DIET, GAWIN HABIT - FOR LIFE! by the congregation; and a Press Conference with the local media.


Meanwhile a Food Fair Contest was also in progress at the nearby Balyu-an area conducted by the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) of this City and with the participation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) funded project in Baybay City.

The month-long celebration activities also listed competitions on nutrition particularly in promoting healthy eating habits namely: a Nutri Comics, Nutri Video, Nutri Jingle, and Photo Contest.

In finale is the “Nutrition Month Culmination and Awarding Ceremonies” scheduled on the 27th of July to be participated in by BNSs from the six provinces and seven cities of Eastern Visayas. Among the activities for this event are: Seminars -- NM Thematic Talk by the NNC, Food Safety Orientation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Commitment Setting. Contests -- Nutri Quiz, Cooking, Siday, and Poster Making.

Every year July is celebrated as Nutrition Month, and PD 491 mandates the NNC to lead the nationwide coordination of the campaign. The Nutrition Month theme is selected to highlight the important and timely concern on nutrition. For 2017 the focus of Nutrition Month campaign is the promotion of healthy diets.

Healthy diets prevent malnutrition and contribute to the reduction of overweight and obesity and non-communicable diseases, the double burden of malnutrition. (JCG)