Barangay nutrition scholars hold confab

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

MORE than a thousand participants from North and Central Luzon gathered from November 21 to 22 for the 2nd National Conference of Barangay Nutrition Scholars at the Baguio Country Club.

Assistant Secretary Maria Bernadette Flores said the biennial conference aims in retooling Barangay Nutrition Scholars into the latest advancements in combating malnutrition in their villages as well as in exchanging best practices among their peers.

Flores said the National Nutrition Council, an attached agency of the Department of Health (DOH), aims in reducing malnutrition in the country to at least 13 percent by 2015.


She said efforts of BNS to reduce malnutrition are paying off by constantly monitoring weight and other deficiencies of children but the DOH official stressed this should not hinder them from doing more.

She explained BNS have big roles in lowering malnutrition rates of children and pregnant women through the provision of vitamins and supplements in health centers.

But the DOH official claimed the priority now is in lowering maternal mortality which is one of the targets in the Millennium Development Goals.

She added that pregnant women in the Cordillera should also focus on the first 1,000 days of their pregnancy as critical time for nourishment as it affects the growth of their children. Breastfeeding should be imposed on children until the baby is six months old as new studies reveal that it would protect children from developing non communicable diseases.

These new advancements in the medicinal field and nutrition and best practices, she added, are just among the numerous topics that will be discussed during the conference.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 23, 2012.

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