A DANCE contest for children will highlight the government’s campaign to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among kids.
The “Be Healthy, Hataw Na 2015” contest for children aged nine to 11 to be held in September is a project of the Department of Health’s Cordillera office.
Joycelyn Rillorta, newly designated Healthy Lifestyle program coordinator, presented the project during the third-quarter meeting of the Cordillera Healthy Lifestyle Coalition.
The contest will augment the efforts of teachers, parents and barangay health workers in teaching children to eat well and exercise more, Rillorta said.
Based on a study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, Cordillera has the third highest prevalence of overweight among children 0 to 5 years old, and the second highest for both 5.08 to 10 years old (7.8 percent), and 10.08 to 19 years old (4.9 percent).
The trend shows that obesity is a growing concern among children in the Cordilleras, especially in the light of its strong association with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which are among the leading causes of mortality, morbidity and disability in the country today.
These diseases include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, renal diseases, degenerative arthritis, gout, and gallbladder diseases.
There is no quick and easy way to lose weight, so many overweight kids end up becoming overweight adults, Rillorta said.
That is why it is important for parents and teachers to encourage their children to be physically active and have a healthy diet. Maria Aprila Cruz