DepEd to focus on health of public elementary schools students this Nutrition Month

July 16, 2010 12:01 pm 

ILOILO CITY, July 15 – The Department of Education (DepEd) here will also focus on the health of students in all public elementary schools as part of the July Nutrition Month celebration.

Iloilo City schools division superintendent Dr. Erlinda Gencaya, in an interview, said that the DepEd is concerned with the weight of most students in the elementary level.

Although this year's Nutrition Month event centers on providing proper food and weight of babies, Dr. Gencaya said that the weight of students should also be monitored. She emphasized that most underweight students were underfed and undernourished when they were babies.

She said that students who were not properly fed and are underweight tend to underperform in their subjects. They are also finding it hard to concentrate in classes. The same tendency is also noticed among obese students.

She said that it is important that parents monitor the food of their children and give them healthy vegetables. She also reminded parents to stop giving students junk foods, especially during break times.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gencaya said that the DepEd is also keen on promoting this year’s July nutrition month celebration theme: “Sa Pag-kaing Tama at Sapat, Wastong Timbang ni Baby ang Katapat.”

She said that all the city schools are requested to fully support the celebration and include it in their subjects especially on health.

Meanwhile, Nona Tad-y, nutrition program coordinator of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), said that they are coordinating with the DepEd to fully promote the values of nutrition among students.

There are more than 50 public elementary schools in Iloilo with over 45,000 students. This number does not include students from the private schools. (PNA) LAP/AJP/LPCarnaje

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