bnsdayPalo, Leyte – Around 200 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) in Eastern Visayas’ six provinces gathered here at the Department of Education (DepEd) Leyte Division Gymnasium to mark their being front-liners in the battle against malnutrition in Region 8 on July 30, 2019.

The activity capped the Nutrition Month celebration of July carrying the theme: “Kumain nang Wasto at Maging Aktibo…Push Nation ‘to!” And as the theme directed the serious discussions of the gathering was mixed with more fun activities—all involving physical activity.

coaTACLOBAN CITY (Jack C. Gadaingan, Nation Builder) – Marking of the 45th Nutrition Month with the theme: “Kumain nang wasto at Maging Aktibo…Push Natin ‘to!” encouraging to eat healthy diet and espousing active lifestyle by disengaging sedentary behavior, inspired the frontline nutrition managers in Eastern Visayas headed by the National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC-8) to list a number of contests--all entailing physical activity as among the month-long July celebration.

The recognition and awarding of the contest winners was conducted during the 45th Nutrition Month Culmination and Awarding Ceremonies on July 30, 2019 at the Department of Education (DepEd) Leyte Division Gymnasium, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

1TACLOBAN CITY - 51 years old Rosita Sanches Acsibar of Brgy. Pansaan, Maasin City in Southern Leyte is one of the six contenders for the 2018 Search for the National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (NOBNS) whose12 years of community nutrition services have elevated the nutrition of the community.

BNS Acsibar was validated by the National Evaluation Team (NET) headed by Ms. Ellen Ruth F. Abella of the National Nutrition Council - Central Office and Ms. Azucena Banga from a private sector. The validation process utilizes enhanced version of the assessment tool - Monitoring and Evaluation on Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro for Barangay Nutrition Scholar. The 2-day evaluation was focused on documentation review, interview and practical exams or skills validation.

asinTACLOBAN CITY (Jack C. Gadaingan, Nation Builder) -- Iodine deficiency remains the single greatest cause of preventable brain damage and mental retardation. Insufficient intakes of iodine during pregnancy and early childhood result in impaired mental development of young children. So that iodization of table salt is mandated by law as it is one of the best and least expensive methods of preventing micronutrient malnutrition in the country, particularly Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD).

Felecita R. Borata, Department of Health Region VIII (DOH-8) Regional Nutrition Program Manager, revealed this during the “Asin Summit” conducted on July 26, 2019 at the Department of Education (DepEd) Leyte Division Gymnasium, Palo, Leyte.

67674821 2484329951790501 4119443999930974208 nTACLOBAN CITY – (Jack C. Gadaingan) A contingent of 13 practitioners of the quad-media from Ilocos Region (Region 1) visited Eastern Visayas for a technical rendezvous with National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC-8) media-group partner Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) on July 15-17, 2019.

The media personalities are members of the Regional Organization of Nutrition Development Advocates of Region 1 (RONDA 1), the media-group partner of NNC-Ilocos Region. Like HIMSoG-8, RONDA 1 is also into the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Region 1, through the persuasive use of media power.

jciTacloban City (Leo Christian V. Lauzon) – As we launched our Sustainable Nutrition Program of JCI Candahug Liberation which coincides with the month-long celebration of Nutrition Month last July 14, 2019 in Tacloban City, I am reminded of the gains that we have in ensuring the first 1,000 days of babies in the Philippines. However, the challenge is not to stop from the first 1,000 days of a baby. It should follow with developing a healthy eating habit of our children which does not necessitate of spending a considerable amount of money to buy healthy and nutritious food. Growing and cultivating food in our own backyard is an option we could always choose.