Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) -- The National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Eastern Visayas has lined up month-long activities for the nutrition month slated in July.

The month-long activities will kick off with a Healthy Walk in the morning of July 1 at the city’s major thoroughfares to be participated in by government and private agencies.

“We are expecting 300 participants from our partner agencies, the government and the private sectors, the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other international humanitarian organizations,” NNC region 8 nutrition program coordinator Dr. Catalino Dotollo, Jr.

It will be followed by a short program and ceremonial signing of pledge of commitment of this year’s theme key messages by representatives from LGU, national line agencies, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and other partner humanitarian agencies.

This 40th year, the celebration anchors on the theme “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan.”

Dotollo said that the theme is very timely with the more frequent and devastating disasters that struck the country and how the families can cope without sacrificing the good nutrition of each one in the communities especially the children.

Other activities include an agri-fair, symposium focusing on nutrition in emergency preparedness, government agency-hopping for nutrition counselling, cooking contest with recipe for cooking contest and Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Action, an audio-visual presentation on how the BNS responded in the aftermath of Yolanda.

It will culminate with a Nutrition Summit to be hosted by the UNICEF.

The observance of the National Nutrition Month is pursuant to Presidential Decree 49, the National Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974. (PNA) LAM/PGL/VCARNAIZ