DABAWENYOS should take food moderately during the Yuletide Season to avoid lifestyle diseases next year, Davao City Health Office (CHO) Nutrition Division Head Elizabeth Banzon said in an interview with the City Information Office (CIO) on Monday.

Banzon said that Dabawenyos should follow Pinggang Pinoy.

"Among gina-awhag ang tanan, as usual, dili nato kalimtan ang Pinggang Pinoy. Sa isa ka plato enough rice, one cup rice daghanon nato ang gulay two cups, at the same time, naa ta'y isda ug meat (We encourage everyone not to forget the Pinggang Pinoy wherein in one plate, only enough rice, one cup, and two cups of vegetables and at the same time we should have fish and meat)," Banzon said.

She advised Dabawenyos to undergo a health check-up to know their baseline - whether they are hypertensive or not - and if the doctor prescribes medication, it should be followed.

"Kung hypertensive ta, kung gusto mukaon og meat, cube sized lang gyud para pud dili ta magkaroon og hypertension. Low salt, low meat diet unta ta karong pasko kay ang pauli man gud sa atoang lawas kung dili ta mag-amping. (If you are hypertensive, and you want to eat meat, it must be cube sized to prevent hypertension. We must practice a

low salt, low meat diet this Christmas because it goes back to our body if we will not take good care of it)," she said.

Drinking alcohol should also be done moderately.

She also advised the youth to avoid junk food.

"Ang atoang pangalagaan ang atoang panlawas kay mao mana siya ang tumong ug tinguha no nga mag enjoy ta sa spirit of Christmas. Everybody and the family to be happy (We should take care of our body because the goal is to enjoy the spirit of Christmas, for everybody and the family to be happy)," she said.

She reminded everyone to drink water to cleanse their bodies and exercise.

She said that everyone must only eat or consume a little of everything because too much of everything will cause illnesses. CIO