NNC in Region 8 to promote revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos

July 12, 2013 10:23 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, July 12 — The National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Eastern Visayas will kick off this month the promotion of the newly-revised 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF).

NNC Regional Nutritition Program Coordinator Segundina Devota Dilao said they are now mapping out strategies to pursue the region-based promotion of the 2012 NGF.

“Similar to the NGF formulated in 2000, the guideline has 10 messages but it now includes the nutritional and health rationale for each message,” Dilao said.

These 10 messages are: — Eat a variety of foods every day to get the nutrients needed by the body. — Breastfeed infants exclusively from birth up to 6 months then give appropriate complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond for optimum growth and development. — Eat more vegetables and fruits everyday to get the essential vitamins, minerals and fiber for regulation of body processes. — Consume fish, lean meat, poultry, egg, dried beans or nuts daily for growth and repair of body tissues. — Consume milk, milk products and other calcium-rich foods, such as small fish and shellfish, everyday for healthy bones and teeth. — Consume safe foods and water to prevent diarrhea and other food- and water-borne diseases.– Use iodized salt to prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorders. — Limit intake of salty, fried, fatty and sugar-rich foods to prevent cardiovascular diseases.– Attain normal body weight through proper diet and moderate physical activity to maintain good health and help prevent obesity. — Be physically active, make healthy food choices, manage stress, avoid alcoholic beverages and do not smoke to help prevent lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases.

Dilao said food establishments are encouraged to replace old posters with old NGF drafted in 2000. The NGF updating was approved by the National Nutrition Council Governing Board in its October 2012 meeting.

“The goal of the 2012 guidelines is the improvement of nutritional status, productivity and quality of life of the population, through the adoption of desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle,” she added. (PNA)

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