48th Nutrition Month celebration launched

The city government together with the Regional Nutrition and Anti-Hunger Committee (RNAHC) IX yesterday jointly kicked off the 48th Nutrition Month celebration with a set of activities aimed to intensify nutrition interventions and solidarity towards nutrition improvement in the city.

The celebration opened with a motorcade from Pettit Barracks to City Hall which was followed by a flag-raising ceremony led by newly-installed Mayor John Dalipe.

Mayor Dalipe, incidentally also the chairperson of the City Nutrition Committee, proceeded to the cut the ribbon of the nutrition month exhibit at the City Hall Lobby. He was assisted by Department of Health (DOH) regional director Dr. Joshua Brillantes, National Nutrition Council IX nutrition program coordinator Nimfa Ekong, and city health officer Dr. Dulce Miravite.

The exhibit included film showing and distribution of information, education and communication (IEC) materials on nutrition lecture, nutrition counselling and BMI measurement, product display and sampling of diabetic and nephron milk.

Health personnel were also on hand to conduct random blood sugar testing and take blood pressure.

The Office of the City Agriculturist put up a display of agricultural products while the Office of the City Veterinarian conducted an information drive on animal dispersal and the African swine flu.

The exhibit also featured a food showcase and free food sampling, a display of iodized salt, information drive on school-based feeding as well as a distribution of dental collaterals and fluoride treatment.

Bannered by the theme, “New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama-samang Gawan ng Solusyon,” this year’s nutrition month campaign calls for solidarity in addressing malnutrition in the new normal.

“[The theme] also holds the promise that after this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, we can recover and build back better through improved nutrition and resilience,” nutrition program coordinator Ekong said.

She added that 48th Nutrition Month aims to raise awareness on how nutrition can support recovery form the pandemic, to encourage different stakeholders to discuss better nutrition interventions, and to engage various sectors in supporting nutrition. By virtue of the Nutrition Act of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 491), July has been devoted as nutrition month to create greater awareness on the importance of nutrition. (Claudine Uniana)