world diabetes dayPALO, Leyte - The World Diabetes Day falls on Sunday 14th November. This date was picked as it's also Sir Frederick Banting's birthday – the medical scientist who discovered insulin along with Charles Best.

“Access to Diabetes Care” is the 2021-2023 theme of the celebration. World Diabetes Day started in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization ((WHO).

This is in response to the growing concerns over an alarming rise of diabetes cases. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of a condition that millions of people all around the world live with every day.

The three year theme is appropriate in this time since millons of people with diabetes around the world do not have access to diabetes care. People with diabetes require ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications.

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body cannot produce enough insulin to control glucose levels.

lunc cancerPALO, Leyte - The world is celebrating the whole month of November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

It started in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day. As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and the day matured into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

This year’s celebration carried a theme “I Am and I Will”. The theme is an empowering call for personal commitment that represents the power of our actions taken now to reduce the growing impact of lung cancer.

During the month, people throughout the country come together to support the lung cancer community and raise awareness about the disease.

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs. These abnormal cells do not carry out the functions of normal lung cells and do not develop into healthy lung tissue. As they grow, the abnormal cells can form tumors and interfere with the functioning of the lung, which provides oxygen to the body via the blood.

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women and accounts for about 27% of all cancer related deaths said the American Cancer Society. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

RNc dmeetingPALO, Leyte - On October 28, 2021 the National Nutrition Council 8 spearheaded the conduct of second Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC). The RNC is the highest policy and coordinating body in nutrition at the regional level.

The meeting was presided by RNC Chairperson and DOH CHD Director IV Dr. Exuperia B. Sabalberino. It was attended by other regional heads and representatives of regional agencies who are members of the RNC.

Important issues discussed where Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN) 3.0 Philippine Strategy, Nutrition Shepherding, MELLPI Pro Results, Philippine Multi-sectoral Nutrition Project.

golden ricePALO, Leyte - Golden Rice is a genetically modified crop intended to increase dietary vitamin A.

A serious health problem in developing countries, like the Philippines, Vitamin A deficiency can lead to blindness and premature death.

Golden Rice, which was developed in the hopes of combatting vitamin A deficiency by a team of European scientists in the late '90s. Through bio-fortifications, golden rice is genetically modified to provide an essential nutrient that white rice lacks: beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body.

Filipino farmers will become the first in the world to be able to cultivate a variety of rice enriched with nutrients to help reduce childhood malnutrition, after receiving the green light from regulators.

In the Philippines, Golden Rice was developed by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to contain additional levels of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A.

CapoocanPALO, Leyte - The town of Capoocan in Leyte through the initiative of Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Ms. Matilde Leonzanida and supported by Mayor Fe Claire Carolino-Paragatos conducted 2022 BNAP Formulation.

All 21 barangays participated in the said planning workshop. Participants were Punong Barangays, Kagawad on Health, Brgy Secretary/ Treasurer and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs).

It is unfortunate to note that the 21 barangays do not have functional Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNCs) and hence also devoid of Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAPs).

With the issuance of Department of Budget and Management-Local Budget Circular (DBM-LBC) 82 provides that a BNAP is an accompanying document in the formulation of Barangay Development Plan (BDP) and the subsequent approval of the baranagys’s annual budget.

food demoPALO, Leyte - Barely two years as MNAO, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Terre Virna B. Tanquezon has already visited all barangays of the municipality.

Challenges that she met is the lack of knowledge among mothers on infant and young child feeding practices specially among 6-59 months old children.

With the challenges above, the MNAO organized a barangay visits together with the MNC for a harmonized and integrated nutrition activities on the barangays.

Activities included cooking demonstration using available resources in the barangays which are cheaper but are nutritious.

The MNAO personally did the demonstration. Nutrition education was given to DepEd nurse and teachers and is planning to partner the nutrition education and information dissemination with an academic institution, the Southern Leyte State University, Tomas Opus campus.