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FINAL NM 2017 LOGOTACLOBAN CITY -- A healthy diet refers to consumption of foods consistent with three principles of nutrition: balance, variety and moderation. Balance meaning foods coming from different food groups (go, grow, glow) in proportion to each other; Variety refers to different kinds of foods from different food groups every day; and Moderation means the right proportions intake as to what the body needs  only, not too little and not too much.
Eating a variety of food is essential as no single food provides all the nutrients in proper amount needed by the body, therefore a wide selection of food is vital to obtaining good nutrition and healthy body.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), rationalized these in a thematic talk during the regional launch of 43rd Nutrition Month celebration, here on July 4, this year.

FINAL NM 2017 LOGOTACLOBAN CITY -- A healthy diet refers to consumption of foods consistent with three principles of nutrition: balance, variety and moderation. Balance meaning foods coming from different food groups (go, grow, glow) in proportion to each other; Variety refers to different kinds of foods from different food groups every day; and Moderation means the right proportions intake as to what the body needs  only, not too little and not too much.
Eating a variety of food is essential as no single food provides all the nutrients in proper amount needed by the body, therefore a wide selection of food is vital to obtaining good nutrition and healthy body.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), rationalized these in a thematic talk during the regional launch of 43rd Nutrition Month celebration, here on July 4, this year.

This year's Nutrition Month carries the theme: "Healthy diet, gawin habit: FOR LIFE", which focuses on promotion of healthy diets. The campaign  aims to increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets as protection from both under and over nutrition  (double burden of malnutrition) and non-communicable diseases such as hypertention, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and certain types of cancer.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, a healthy diet: includes a variety of foods from different food groups; which meets the individual needs for calories and nutrients; safe with no risk from toxins, bacteria, mold or chemicals; enjoyable and culturally acceptable; and available and sufficient each day and all year round.

A healthy diet also provides just enough amounts of energy needed for one's daily activities without going beyond his/her caloric needs so as to maintain a fit body weight. Energy requirements differ from person to person and energy provided by a healthy diet should be balanced with one's energy used. 

For Filipinos the recommended energy intakes per day for different age groups and physiologic conditions are: For children 3-5 years - Energy (kcal) male 1350, female 1260; 6-9 years - male 1600, female 1470; 10-12 years - male 2060, female 1980; 13-15 years - male 2700, female 2170; and 16-18 years - male 3010, female 2280.

For adults 19-29 years - male 2530, female 1930; 30-59 years - male 2420, female 1870; and 60-69 years - male 2140, female 1610. For pregnant women an addition of 300 calories and for lactating women an addition of 500 calories are recommended. (Jack C. Gadaingan)

                                                                                                           

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.

deped order 13TACLOBAN CITY -- School influence on children is elemental to personal development, the reason the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on nutrition in Region 8 passed a resolution endorsing the Department of Education's (DepED) "Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in Schools and in DepEd Offices" to the Regional Nutrition Council (RNC), for adoption and support among regional stakeholders.
James Paa, DepEd Region 8, presented the education department's policy order on food and beverages choices (No. 13, s. 2017) during the RTWG 2nd Quarter Meeting held at Population Commission (Popcom) conference room  on June 16, 2017. On discussion was the 43d Nutrition Month celebration activities for July--which bannered the theme:"Healthy diet, gawin habit -- FOR LIFE!" The working-group out rightly recognized a feasible move in influencing the eating-habits to healthy choices for a big chunk of society, the school children--at least.

The new DepEd order aims to promote and develop healthy eating habits among the youth and its employees by setting up food standards, and making them available at schools and DepEd offices, while banning the unhealthy others. It also provides the guide in the selling and marketing of foods and beverages in the subject places, including the purchasing of foods for school feeding program.

eastern samarTACLOBAN CITY -- The Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), media-group partner of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), has targeted the southern towns of Eastern Samar province for media-nutrition caravan scheduled on September 27, 28 and 29, this year.
Municipalities for stop-over are Giporlos and Quinapondan on the first day, Gen. MacArthur, Salcedo and Mercedes on the second day, and Guiuan on the third day.
The caravan delegation looks forward to have a face-to-face dialogue with the local chief executives (LCEs), members of the Municipal Nutrition Committees, Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) federation officers, and barangay health worker (BHW) federation officers of the selected local government units (LGUs).

Aside from making the LGUs aware of  its existence, HIMSoG-8 intends to revitalize the Municipal Nutrition Committee of the towns with dysfunctional nutrition steering  body, advocate the adoption of PPAN 2017-2022, first hand learn why the town is behind in nutrition--or document its good practices if doing well; and recommend samples of pro-nutrition resolutions and ordinances for adoption.

sta margaritaTACLOBAN CITY -- Mayor Gemma P. Zosa of Sta. Margarita, Samar said since the Media-Nutrition Caravan visited her municipality last year, the local government unit (LGU) had been more conscious and sensitive regarding the town's nutrition status.
To start things right: it now has an organized functional Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC), a Municipal Nutrition Action Plan (MNAP) with funding support, and ongoing Nutrition Programs (documented),in addition to a supportive MNC members and LGU. This is the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) findings during the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) in the 4th class municipality.

The RNET headed by Felicita R. Borata of Department of Health (DOH) with Ayra Mae Simborio of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), and Antonio C. Pueblos and Cecilia P. Tibo of Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) visited the towns of Tarangnan and Sta. Margarita on June 6-9, 2017.