nut workIn line with this year's nutrition month theme:     “Healthy Lifestyle, Gawing Habit for Life” , the National Nutrition Council (NNC) urges workplaces across the country to promote healthy lifestyle among their employees. The NNC cited some ways to promote healthy lifestyle in the workplace such as providing healthier food choices in cafeterias or canteens and serving nutritious snacks during meetings or other kinds of gatherings. Moreover, conducting seminars and lectures to inform employees regarding healthy diets is also highly encouraged.

The need to emphasize nutrition and healthy living in the workplace was realized to further strengthen the advocacy for healthier Filipinos in the country. It also seeks the support of all the employers – either small or big companies not to underestimate the role of nutrition in the workplace.

Employees, on the other hand, can live healthier while working through numerous ways. The first one is by exercising everyday for at least 30 minutes. Some work places provide area wherein their employees can play basketball, volleyball or badminton while some regularly hold sports festivals.

Since diet and exercise go hand in hand, workers should never skip meals no matter how swamped they are with work. Most importantly, breakfast should never be skipped. Food is the fuel of your body and not eating may lead to decreased work productivity. If running out of time, prepare a meal or a snack that is easy to eat. Likewise, turning away from junk foods which usually contain a high amount of fat and salt is a must. While some claim that it is their comfort food, one must limit the consumption of these unhealthy food items.

LNEWSLocal Nutrition Early Warning System or also known as LNEWS is a strategy used to capacitate the local government units along nutrition assessment toward achieving food and nutrition security. Its establishment and the creation of LNEWS core group within city and municipal nutrition committees aims to strengthen  capacity for data collection, analysis and interpretation, and the use of data for nutrition program planning and decision-making. The system enables the communities to act early, based on early warning information, to counter any threat, natural or human-induced that affects the ability of communities and households to obtain sufficient food.

Training on LNEWS was conducted on September 21-22, 2017 for data household collectors of Palompon, Leyte. The two-day workshop was done for the household data collectors of the five (5) sentinel barangays on proper techniques of data collection and anthropometric measurement.

NGO Forum 11TACLOBAN CITY --" Eastern Visayas contributes to the high prevalence of stunting, underweight and wasting, which means also that we have a lot to do that necessitates a comprehensive approach where  no actor can be excluded to help our vulnerable group mitigate hunger, become more productive and thereby improve their nutritional status and subsequently away from major diseases and illnesses."

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC), revealed this in his welcome message at the opening of the "Regional NGO Forum 2017" held on September 14, 2017 at the Leyte Park Hotel, this city.

In this forum we are inviting each and every organization to participate in setting our nutrition agenda and be included in negotiating various outcomes and targets we will comprehensively discuss in the contents of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022, Dotollo explained.

food misconseptionWith the influx of social media nowadays, getting ahold of information about food and nutrition can be done in just one click. This is advantageous in information dissemination and in the promotion of health and nutrition programs. However, not all information in the internet is reliable. One must know how to distinguish between food facts and food fads to avoid having food misconceptions. We cannot battle hunger when there is ignorance.

Here are some food misconceptions and why they are not true.

1. All kinds of fat are bad.

In the Philippines, a significant increase of overweight and obesity cases was observed across different age groups throughout the years. According to DOST-FNRI 8th NNS, 1 out of 3 Filipinos are obese and overweight. With this, fat is generally avoided because it is fattening and may cause heart disease, hypertension or stroke. This common food misconception is wrong because fat is an essential component of a diet. Fats are needed to maintain normal bodily functions. For instance, fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A cannot be used efficiently by the body if there is no fat intake. Moreover, fats act as insulators to protect the body and it cushion vital organs. The key here is to consume in moderation in order to avoid the abovementioned diseases.

rnpc-sdcThe Regional Development Council (RDC) VIII- Social Development Committee during its 3rd Quarter 2017 meeting presided over by SDC VIII Chairperson, DOST VIII Regional Director Edgardo M. Esperancilla, adopted the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 on 6 September 2017 at the Felipina Hall, NEDA VIII Building, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

The PPAN 2017-2022 was enthusiastically presented by the NNC VIII Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC), Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. In his preliminary statement he enjoined every agency and development partners to listen attentively and chunk a bite of the PPAN 2017-2022.

rtwg meeting3qTACLOBAN CITY -- To assist in the implementation of the "Local Government Unit (LGU) Mobilization," a strategy aiming for a holistic approach to fast-track the improvement of nutrition situation in nutritionally depressed localities, four teams have been created by the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Nutrition.

This developed during the 3rd Quarter Meeting of the RTWG on Nutrition in Eastern Visayas held on September 15, 2017 at the Leyte Park Hotel, here. Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC), presented the plan to the body for deliberation and endorsement to the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC).

Each team composed of multi-agency, National Nutrition Council (NNC), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), and non-government organization membership will be assigned to a target province.

The team shall assist, mentor and demonstrate to LGU leaders and nutrition program managers  on how nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions can be implemented for the sustained improvement in the nutrition situation of each locality.