Nutrition planning workshop for newsmen held PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 July 2013 13:31

The National Nutrition Council-9 sponsored a two-day planning workshop for newsmen of Region 9 intended to promote good nutrition and to disseminate the 2012  Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.

The planning workshop was held at Alindahaw Lakeview Resort in Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur last July 11-12, 2013.

The  two-day workshop was held as part of the nationwide celebration of Nutrition Month with the theme  “ NMC 2013: Gutom at Malnutrisyon , Sama-Sama Nating Wakasan”.

During the discussion part of the workshop,  Nutrition Officer Maria del Pilar Pamela R. Tarroza told participants that in 2011, the provinces with the highest number of malnourished children in the region are Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay.

The  Nutrition Council 9 has sought the help of the media in the region to educate people on what healthy food to eat like vegetables, fruits, fish and meat that are available in each community in the region.

Parents are advised to encourage their children to consume varieties of vegetables and fruits which are rich in calcium to combat malnutrition.

Tarroza explained that good nutrition starts from the mother when she breastfeeds her baby.

She stressed  that a mother should eat varieteies of fresh vegetables, fruits  with iodine salt to make the baby healthy.

She explained that a mother should only breastfeed the baby from zero to six.

“There is no need for a mother to give a baby water or any food supplement from zero to six months because it will hurt the small stomach of the baby. The milk in her breast is enough for the baby for six months. A mother only  gives the baby food supplement after the six-month period like cooked mash yellow squash, banana, potato, camote, vegetable soup or fish or meat.

Nutrition Officer Nimfa D. Ekong said that if a mother has only few milk in her breast for their newly born child,  a husband should massage the back of her wife that is back-to-back with the breast and below the portion of the nipple of her wife so that more milk will come out for the baby.

Newsmen who attended the workshop were asked to present their ideas on how to combat malnutrition.

This reporter submitted a very simple strategy on how to combat malnutrition: Planting of natural and organic vegetables in every home backyard. It will help save money for the family budget. Vegetables are weapon against sickness. — Allen Abastillas