NNC urges shift to healthy lifestyle to avoid non-communicable diseases

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 through Talakayan sa PIA on 12 July 2017 urged the young ones and even adults to change from fast food habits to healthy home-cooked meals diet.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a healthy diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, root crops, fat-free or low fat milk, lean meats, poultry, fish, egg, beans and nuts. It is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.

Based on the national nutrition survey of FNRI-DOST, there has been a shift in the dietary pattern of Filipinos in terms of quality and quantity over the years. The typical diet consists mainly of cereals which are sources of carbohydrates. The consumption of meats, vegetables, milk and milk products and eggs has increased. However, there has been a decline in the consumption of starchy roots and tubers and fruits. Further, WHO recommends consumption of 400 grams of of fruits and vegetables per day. However, Filipinos only consume maximum of 249 grams of fruits and vegetables a day.


Meanwhile, in schools, Department of Education has issued Department Order No. 13 series of 2017 Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in schools and DepEd offices. This policy aims to make available healthier food and beverage choices among the learners and DepEd personnel and their stakeholders; provide guidance in evaluating and categorizing foods and drinks and provide guidance in the selling and marketing of foods and beverages in schools.


Sheila Rose Balbanida, nutrition dietitian of Department of Education (DepEd) region 10 said that they are currently holding trainings for health officers, canteen managers and public school personnel to identify which food or food groups to be sold in school cafeterias. Right now, they have identified foods that are categorized as healthy and unhealthy for consumption.

According to Marissa Navales, regional nutrition coordinator that they are campaigning to increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets which protect against both under and over nutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and certain types of cancer.


Unhealthy diet is composed of foods that are energy-dense yet nutrient poor and are high in saturated fats, trans-fats, refined carbohydrates or sodium. A diet low in fruits and vegetables or fiber is also characteristic of unhealthy diet. Meanwhile, this leads to poor nutrition and is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, diabetes and other conditions linked to obesity.

NNC also encourages everyone to check the National Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), Pinggang Pinoy and Nutritional Guide Pyramid to get a list of what to eat to become healthy through their website www.nnc.gov.ph.

The theme this year for national nutrition month is “Healthy diet, gawing habit – FOR LIFE!” (JMOR/PIA10)


Outstanding nutrition implementers named

Nutrition program champions in Northern Mindanao were named by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in this year’s Regional Nutrition Program Awarding ceremony held in Cagayan de Oro City, Nov. 25.


The 2015 Regional Green Banner Awardees are Misamis Occidental for the provincial level, Gingoog City for the city level and Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon for the municipal level.


The green banner award is given to local government units (LGUs) with exemplary performance in nutrition program management, if maintained for three consecutive years, the LGU will then qualify for the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) award.


Special citations were given to Maramag, Bukidnon for maintaining the second year CROWN maintenance award and Valencia City for achieving the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), the highest award given by NNC to outstanding achievers in nutrition program implementation for other three consecutive years.


Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Marissa D.M. Navales thanked partners for taking up the challenge and ultimately changing the landscape of nutrition situation in the region.


“The increasing number of LGU joining the regional search for outstanding LGUs and nutrition workers signals progress made in ending hunger and malnutrition,” she said.


To date, the region has eight Nutrition Honor Awardees and three National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (NOBNS). (JCV/PIA-10)

***photos from NNC region 10***

NNC leads refresher training on community radio broadcasting in LanaoNorte

Aimed to enhance skills on writing for radio, anchoring techniques, producing advocacy plugs among others, the National Nutrition Council in northern Mindanao conducted a four-day refresher training held at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte province, 30 May to 2 June 2016.


Marilou R. Enteria, NNC nutrition officer, said the training also aims to improve capabilities and skills on radio programming and operations of those who are involved in Radyo Kalambuan but have not been trained when the radio station was established.


Further, this technical support aims to address various concerns as maintenance of equipment, anchoring for new recruits, radio programming, signal mapping, use of new media, sustainability, and functionality of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Council (CRC), said Enteria.

Resource speakers are anchors from DZMM Manila and MQ Mediazone – NNC DOH media partners who share their skills in Voice Development and Effective Anchoring/Hosting; Writing for Radio and Field Reporting; Basic Sound Recording and Editing and other topics instrumental in other respective agency operations.


Department of Health’s NNC has partnered with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in the establishment of Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program, Radyo Kalambuan, DXNE 94.3 FM. the station located at the grandstand of the MCC sports complex, this province.

The Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program is a strategy of the NNC which aims to empower communities through the establishment of community radio station that will disseminate nutrition, health and development-oriented information to community members.

Meanwhile, Marissa DM. Navales, nutrition coordinator, NNC-Region X, said around 30 participants attended the refresher training who are the station personnel, anchors and members of the Community Radio Council (CRC) who are to be involved in the management of the radio station.


CRC members are representatives from different sectors including local government units, the academe, agriculture, health, social welfare, women, senior citizen, youth, Indigenous Peoples, and the religious.


Specifically, on the last day of the refresher training, participants would be able to assess the operation of the radio station to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement that will be used as basis for preparing a three-year plan for the station.

Nutriskwela Community Radio, Radyo Kalambuan was established on February 2013.


To date, the NNC has established 35 Nutriskwela Community Radio stations nationwide in partnership with local government units and state colleges and universities. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)

Nutrition team sets evaluation in NorMin

The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) of region 10 set its schedule for Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Search for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) in the region during its first quarter meeting on 11 February 2016.

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Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Dr. Nimfa Torrizo in her presence during the meeting said that these efforts are part of the nutrition millennium development goals of the government in its anti-hunger and anti-poverty alleviation.

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She said that the DOH is in full support to the National Nutrition Council (NNC). She stressed that NNC together with the Technical Working Group from the different national government agencies must work together in a holistic and team approach to attain its goal of better health outcome.


Shiella Rose D. Cuñada, nutrition officer II of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 explained the processes and tools to be used by the team in Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Search for the Regional Outstanding Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) set this year.

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One of the guidelines or score sheets for evaluation of provincial/city nutrition programs is program efficiency where the team will rate a province, municipality or barangay based on nutrition program efficiency. This includes planning and implementation such as involvement of agencies, local departments, organizations in the formulation of Nutrition Action Plan as well as provincial, city ordinances, resolutions supportive to the Nutrition Action Program passed.


Evaluators will review and analyse pertinent nutrition documents; validate sites where there are nutrition projects and/or interview of family beneficiaries; validate weighing of children; interview nutrition committee members or BNS; and oral feedback of the initial results of the evaluation to the nutrition committee.


Cuñada said that this validation visit also aims to advocate for the continued support of the local government units to the nutrition program such as the use of iodized salt or food with sangkap pinoy seal, among others.


In terms of selection of sample areas to be evaluated, the team considered prevalence of under nutrition in identified municipalities.


During the meeting, the team elected Eva Pacturan of the Department of Agriculture (DA) region 10 as chairperson and Sheryl N. Ave of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) region 10 as vice-chairperson.


RNET members are composed of Genemar Salvo of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Glenford Labial of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Jorie Valcorza of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Blanche Villamor of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Telesfora G. Madelo of the Department of Health (DOH), Engr. Junelyn Ruiz of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Nila Cajarte of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). (JMOR/PIA10)


PIA, NNC, Unicef campaign for “Saktong Iodine sa Asin” in Iligan City

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Department of Health (DOH) – National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 10 conducted the fifth in the series of advocacy campaign on a “Multi-Sectoral Forum on ASIN Law” on 24 November 2015 in Iligan City.
Different representatives from the municipality have attended the forum, these includes the municipal health officer, health committee chair, market administrator, head of the vendors’ association and president of the association of barangay captains.
The campaign put emphasis in supporting the salt iodization advocacy and mobilization campaign to combat iodine deficiency, shifting its focus this time, to adequately iodized salt or “Saktong Iodine sa Asin.”
IIigan City Mayor Ruderic C. Marzo welcomed the participants and other visitors in the forum. Mayor Marzo also vowed to support the advocacy campaign to combat iodine deficiency in Iligan City.
UNICEF has strengthened the campaign by producing a video presentation and advertisement materials to show facts about deficiency of iodine in salt and health benefits that right content of iodine in salt can give to the consumers.
Shiella Rose D. Cuñada, Nutrition Officer from National Nutrition Council (NNC) of Region 10 has reported about the 8th National Nutrition Survey Finding. She said that provinces in Northern Mindanao where there is low iodine intake are Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental.
Although Lanao del Norte is qualified for the standard Iodine levels in the Household salt, there is still a need to campaign for better understanding of the importance of Iodized Salt.
She also answered questions from the participants in the open forum and clarified some concerns.
The forum was capped with the closing and summation of the Regional Director of PIA-10 Thelma B. Oliver and was then followed by showing the results of the salt testing of the given samples salt samples by the participants. (Jonathan Macas/JMOR/PIA10)

NNC recognizes outstanding LGUs in nutrition

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) recognizes local government units (LGUs) in Northern Mindanao with exemplary performance in nutrition program management.


Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Marissa DM Navales said the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) is the culmination of the yearly nutrition program Monitoring Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) evaluation.

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This year, some 32 barangays were given the regional green banner award and Camiguin was named as the outstanding province in the region, Gingoog LGU grabbed the outstanding city award, and Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon for the municipality level.


The evaluation covers the LGUs implementation of the food and nutrition plan and program for the year 2014.


Navales said the Green Banner Award is given to a municipality, city, or province, which has shown very satisfactory performance in implementing nutrition program. An area awarded the Green Banner for three consecutive years as outstanding regional winner automatically is awarded for the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) award.


CROWN awardees which have maintained a downward trend of malnutrition for another three consecutive years qualify to vie for the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), the highest award given by NNC to outstanding achievers in nutrition program.


Awards of Merit were also given to the province of Bukidnon, cities of Ozamiz and Malaybalay and municipalities of Kadingilan and Quezon for NHA maintenance.


Valencia City and Maramag, Bukidnon also receive citations for the second year and first year CROWN maintenance Awards, respectively.


To date, region 10 has so far produced seven NHA Awardees starting from year 2002 to 2013, to include LGUs of Don Carlos, Quezon, Libona, Kadingilan and Malaybalay in Bukidnon, Ozamiz City and Bukidnon province.


The Regional Outstanding Baranagay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) Award was also presented to Vivian T. Ochotorena of Barangay Tongantongan, Valencia City. (JCV/PIA)

***photo from NNC***