(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)
The Provincial Nutrition Committee here under the office of the Governor has lined up activities as part of the celebration of Nutrition Month this July.
Topping the list is the massive nutrition information dissemination activity to some 300 target government employees as well as monitoring and advocacy meeting to almost a hundred Municipal and Barangay Nutrition Councils across the province.
Concerned agencies supporting the government’s health agenda has also started installing streamers since June 30 highlighting the 2010 Nutrition Month Celebration and its theme.
With the theme “Healthy Lifestyle ng Kabataan, Landas sa Kinabukasan”, Provincial Nutrition Committee Chair Grace Jardin said that the 36th year of nutrition month celebration will give emphasis on the nutrition and health needs of adolescents and children.
Jardin said that a refresher course on World Health Organization – Child Growth Standard will likewise be conducted to ninety-two midwives and Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Sorsogon. The course aimed to orient the health frontline workers in the province on the key features of the new child growth standards.
“Last Friday, a conference for Nutrition Action Officers has been successfully conducted with the Provincial Nutrition Council as the lead agency,” she added.
“Likewise, a cooking contest on complimentary foods comes July 15, will also stir up the creativity of our Barangay Nutrition Scholars specifically on preparing food that will assure proper nutrition among our growing children and at the same time promotes the utilization of indigenous but healthy products,” she also said.
Jardin further said that in partnership with other agencies along with the municipal and barangay LGUs, the public’s awareness on healthy lifestyle will also be intensified by providing them information on healthy living habits as well as activities that will promote non-sedentary lifestyle and longevity.
It can be noted that Section 7 of Presidential Decree No. 471 or Nutrition Act of the Philippines designates the month of July as Nutrition Month to generate awareness among the public on the importance of nutrition.
Since then and under the leadership of the National Nutirion Council (NNC), Nutrition Month has been celebrated nationwide at the barangay, municipal, city, provincial and regional levels, with the support of many public and private individuals and using trimedia approaches.