PNAIn the 2017 National Annual Convention, 95th Foundation Anniversary, and 60th Nurses’ Week Celebration of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), a resolution prohibiting the serving of carbonated drinks during meetings, trainings, seminars and other similar activities of the PNA and other specialty nursing organizations was deliberated and accepted during the House of Delegates Meeting on 18 October 2017 at the Hotel Venezia, Legazpi City Albay.
World Health Organization (2015) said that sugar-sweetened food and beverages can increase overall energy intake and may reduce consumption of foods containing more nutritionally adequate calories which leads to unhealthy diet and weight gain. The 2013 Department of Science and Technology- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) National Nutrition Survey shows that more and more Filipinos, especially among those 20 years and older, are getting obese each year.

To this, WHO strongly recommends a reduced intake of free sugars throughout the life course and recommended an intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake for the day. Researchers said that in lieu of carbonated drinks and highly concentrated juices, serving of water, non-sugar sweetened foods, healthy juices and beverages, such as tea of any kind, herbal, green or black, which are rich in antioxidants and shown to protect the body from many health problems.

The advocacy is high time for nurses to emulate as they serve as role models especially in the promotion of healthy lifestyle.

The PNA Annual Convention was attended in by NNC VI RNPC Dr. Parolita A. Mission and NO III Nino Archie S. Labordo of NNC VIII.