Focus on babies' 1st 1,000 days

GOVERNMENT nutritionists are focusing on the first 1,000 days of the babies to address the issues of malnutrition. according to a top official of the regional office of the National Nutrition Council (NNC)-Davao.

According to NCC-Davao Regional Nutrition Program coordinator Dr. Maria Tesa Ungson, the first 1000-day program for the babies covers 270 days of conception of the mother, 365 days starting from 0 to 12 months and another 365 beginning 13-23 months.

The optimal nutrition in the first 1,000 days included adequate nutrition of pregnant lactating women, exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months within the first hour of birth, continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond, appropriate complementary feeding starting at 6 months, nutrition complemented with early childhood care and development interventions like health, social, service, early and learning.

This program, is in fact, defines the theme of this year's
Nutrition Month celebration, which is "First 1000 days ni baby, pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan."

This nutrition program will also extend until three more years, and RNPC will continue to look after the welfare of the babies until they reach two years old.

The sustainable development goa1s of the agency by 2030 is to end hunger and ensure access to proper nutrition by all people, in particular the poor and in vulnerable sector, according to Ungson.

"We want our children to be healthy, this is going to be our future leaders we have to mold them already to prepare for a brighter future,” she said in an interview with SunStar Davao during Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City on Monday.

She invited the public to join in today's culminating activity in line with Nutrition Month’s celebration to be held at SM City.

This will be attended by all the networks of nutrition council in the government and private sector partners, BNS, nutritionists and other health personnel. There will be nutrition talks in the morning and Nutrition Got Talent in the afternoon. (JCR)

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