Observing Nutrition Month

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By Edna Garde

Edible Landscape

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


IT SEEMS like yesterday when I was the guest speaker during the Nutrition Month celebration of San Enrique National High School in July 2013.

I was happy to be part of their celebration as the theme “Gutom at Malnutrisyon, Sama-Sama Nating Wakasan!” was the desire of my heart.

This is the reason that in my radio program before, my Tuesday edition dealt with health and nutrition.

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This July, we are celebrating again the Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is of worldwide concern, “Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan.”

It is a fact that we are experiencing the universal crisis of climate change. That is why many of our farmers experience calamity in the middle of their cropping period. You must have read or heard it over the news.

But I would like to convince everyone especially the parents out there with growing children. The real score of our national problem lies in the fact that many parents, especially mothers, lack the knowledge on how to give proper and balanced diet to their children.

Many homes, even in rural areas where there is some area to be used for vegetable garden, do not have even one kind of vegetable.

I had been raised by a mother who loved to plant vegetables around our house, which is why we, five siblings, grew all healthy. As I have my own home, I am imposing the same principles of eating vegetables to my three children and now they are all of age and by God’s grace live a healthy life.

Now, as far as celebrating the Nutrition Month is concerned, we give credit to the National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

As former PIO of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, I owe the NNC and FNRI-DOST the many information materials I used in my radio program about nutrition.

They send me regularly the information sheet. In their Nutrition Guidelines for Filipinos, No. 5 Guideline states: “Eat more vegetables, fruits and root crops.” It is the essence of my column today as we celebrate the Nutrition Month.

Eating a lot of vegetables, fruits and root crops gives us the needed vitamins, minerals, and fiber in our diet. These nutrients give us immunity against diseases that are usually besetting the people who are growing old and help prevent the so-called lifestyle disease.

It is a fact. Many old people being interviewed on why they reached more than 80 years, when the average life span today is 60, answer that the secret is in eating vegetable.

The old adage says, “Eat vegetable and live longer” is very true. I’d say, not just eat vegetable, but plant your own vegetables and fruits. That way you can be sure you are not eating vegetables and fruits bombarded with chemicals.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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