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DENR-IX joins the 38th National Nutrition Month (NNM) Celebration

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region -IX, has conducted various activities in support to the observance of the National Nutrition Month (NNM) pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines with this year’s theme “Pagkain ng  gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain”.

Regional Executive Director (RED) Arleigh J. Adorable led his officials and employees in attending a Nutrition Seminar which was   held last July 9, 2012 at the Office of the RED Covered Court –DENR, Sta. Maria, Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur.

Nutrition Officer III Nimfa D. Ekong from the National Nutrition Council- Zamboanga City was the resource speaker. According to her,   the month long observance aims to increase vegetable consumption; promote vegetable gardening as a source of additional food and income; and increase demand for vegetables can help local vegetable farmers.

In her power point presentation, Ms. Ekong explained the rationale of the NNM theme:  1) Filipinos are eating less and less vegetables. Based on food consumption surveys conducted by Dept. of Science & Technology (DOST) – Food  & Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Filipinos on average are eating less and less vegetables per day in the last three (3) decades.  From 145 grams per day of vegetables in 1978, consumption has decreased to 110 grams per day in 2008.  Based on the 2012 NNM Talking Points, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating a minimum of 400 grams of vegetables and fruits per day which is equivalent to five (5) servings per day with 3 servings of vegetables per day.  2)  Vegetables as part of a healthy diet can help prevent major non-communicable disease.  Adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk for cardiovascular diseases, stomach cancer, and colorectal cancer. 3) Consumption of vegetables can help micronutrient deficiencies.  Eating a variety of vegetables together with fruits ensures an adequate intake of most micronutrients, dietary fibers and a host of essential non-nutrient substances.  4) Having vegetable gardens in the household can increase supply and availability of vegetables for families.  Only 67.7% or 7 out of every 10 households had vegetable gardens or fruit trees based on the 2008 National Nutrition Survey.
Ms. Ekong  made mention  that malunggay plant  (from its roots, barks, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds) contains more nutritional value compared to other vegetables.  She also shared technique on how to cook vegetables mixed with malunggay fruits.

The display of NNM streamer, press release as well as the conduct of radio program and guesting over DXKP-RPN in Pagadian City were undertaken by DENR’s public affairs office to raise public awareness and participation while the livehood training-workshop was sponsored by DENR’s Gender and Development (GAD) in cooperation with  Technical Education and Skills Development Administration (TESDA) -ZDS Provincial Office. (H. A. Ascura/DENR-IX PR)




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