NNC to focus on 1st 1,000 days of a baby on Nutrition Month
June 18, 2016 2:12 am
BAGUIO CITY, June 16 -– The National Nutrition Council – Cordillera Regional Office (NNC-CAR) is preparing for the observation of the National Nutrition Month in July.
Cordillera Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Rita Papey on Thursday, June 16 said the observation of the Nutrition Month will evolve around the theme, “First 1000 Days ni baby, pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan.”
The nutrition intake of an infant during the first one thousand days of life is the focus of the nutrition month.
Papey said the first 270 days, counted from conception, and the next two years, are considered as “very critical” and a “golden window of opportunity.”
Papey added that nutrition during the first 1000 days of life, with multi-sectoral support, assures a better quality of life.
Studies show that early nutrition care results in better mental, social, emotional individual development; in contrast to those not subjected to carefully planned nutrition, resulting in faltering, stunting, poor health and susceptibility to infections.
Poor nutrition may result in maternal death, slow fetal growth, and health risks in both mother and child, Papey explained.
Last week, the NNC-CAR conducted a regional summit which was attended by more than 300 nutrition action officers, scholars, workers, local government officials and representatives from non-government agencies from Baguio City, Benguet, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, La Union and Quirino Province.
“Pinggang Pinoy” (the Filipino Plate) was launched in the summit which is a coordinated advocacy with the Department of Health (DOH), Food Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).
The “Pinggang Pinoy” plate contains appropriate proportions of various food groups for a healthy and balanced meal patterned after the food pyramid, Papey said. (PNA)