Balawan: Activities for the Nutrition Month Celebration

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Thursday, July 8, 2010


"SA PAGKAING tama at sapat, wastong timbang ni baby ang katapat."

This is the theme of this year's Nutrition Month. As I have stated in my previous column, this month we are celebrating Nutrition Month. In fact we already launched the month-long event last July 5 at the Baguio Convention Center, the ABC Office having chaired the launching.

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The launching was a successful event having been joined by several agencies-Health services Office, ABC Office, Special Services Division-Mayor's Office, Department of Education, BSU-NPRCRTC, Philippine National Red Cross-Baguio, Mountain Province Mission, Department of Agriculture, and Under Five Clinic-BGH.

During the launching, wet feeding to priority beneficiaries with growth monitoring, medical and dental check-ups, multivitamin, medicine and seed distribution, and blood typing were conducted. Nutrition IEC materials were likewise exhibited by some partner agencies particularly PNRC and the Department of Education.

Part of the launching program was the "Pulong-pulong Sa Nutrisyon" which was aired live through Radyo ng Bayan with Mr. Andrei Amadeo. This segment was joined by Cong. Bernardo Vergara, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, members of the City Nutrition Committee, the Local Nutrition Workers, and the Punong Barangays of the Barangays with the better nutrition programs-PB Jesusa Vizcaya (Loakan Proper), PB Arturo Rapelo Jr. (Imelda Village), PB Thomas Dumalti (Irisan), PB Soriano Palunan (Happy Hallow), PB Ernesto Laguardia (Imelda Marcos), and PB Mario de Guzman (West Modernsite).

Several other major activities are in line for the Nutrition Month 2010 celebration. Yearly, the Household Garden Contest is conducted. This is further divided into three categories: the Plot garden, the Vertical garden, and the Hanging / Roof top garden which will have its final judging on July 19-23, 2010. Apart from this, the Barangay Nutrition Action Officers (BNAOs) shall have their Annual Convention on July 20, 2010 at the HSO Conference Hall.

As to the Nutrition Month celebration in the Barangays, a number of activities are likewise scheduled by particular Barangays, to wit: Complementary Feeding Cooking Contest, Most Improved in Nutritional Status (Underweight Preschoolers), BNL Weight Challenge, Best in Home / Household Garden Contest, Biggest Fruit and Biggest Vegetable contest, Cleanest and Greenest Purok contest, Distribution of seeds / seedlings, Healthiest Baby Contest / Bright Child Contest, Bibong Bata contest, Healthiest Mother and Child Contest, and the Healthiest Lolo and Lola Contest. In addition, there shall also be in selected Barangays Mass Feeding, Veggie Noodle Making, Cut-flower Production training, Exclusive Breastfeeding Contest for Lactating Mothers, Distribution of Multivitamins, Healthy Lifestyle Contest, and AH1N1 Vaccination to 6 months to 5 years old children.

Being one in the observance of the Nutrition Month, the Department of Trade and Industry-Baguio/Benguet shall be conducting an intensive monitoring for the use of iodized salt, information or consumer advocacy on proper labeling of manufactured goods, promotion of fortified foods and locally manufactured nutritious food products like veggie noodles, and the dissemination of IEC materials on the veggie noodles project of the inter-agency group.

Likewise, Baguio General Hospital and Medical center shall be holding a nutrition counseling with wet sampling, food demo for dietary staff and personnel, lecture on healthy lifestyle and Hataw, and complementary feeding.

The culminating activity of the City Nutrition Month celebration and the awarding ceremony will be on August 6, 2010 at the Baguio Convention Center.
Let us all live a healthy lifestyle for a better future. (imallango@yahoo.com)

Balawan activities nutrition month celebration

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