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Nationwide Planting of Vegetables in Schools Kicks-Off Nutrition Month Celebration

July 2 marks the official start of this year’s Nutrition Month celebration guided by the theme “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain!” The National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health kicks-off the nationwide celebration with the planting of vegetables by school children of the Concepcion Elementary School in Marikina City.

The children will be joined by Health Secretary and NNC Chair Enrique Ona, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and Education Secretary Armin Luistro together with NNC Executive Director and concurrent Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita Flores.

Thousands of school children are expected to plant vegetables in public elementary schools. The Department of Education issued a memorandum encouraging all schools to celebrate Nutrition Month with the simultaneous planting of vegetables as part of its share to promote consumption of vegetables among children as part of a healthy diet.

This year’s Nutrition Month celebration aims to encourage every Filipino to eat more vegetables that is 3 servings or more per day, to add more vitamins and minerals in the diet as well as prevent non-communicable diseases such as various forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. As vegetables have fewer calories, adding them to the diet can help people to reduce weight or maintain normal body weight. A serving of vegetable is equal to a cup of raw leafy vegetables or ½ cup of raw or cooked non-leafy vegetables.

The campaign is in response to the finding that the average Filipino eats less and less vegetables per day in the past 30 years. Based on the food consumption surveys of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Filipinos eat only about 2 servings of vegetables on average or about 110 grams. The vegetable consumption has been declining since 1978 when Filipinos still ate 145 grams per day. The data is alarming considering that low fruit and vegetable intake is among the top 10 selected risk factors for global mortality based on a World Health Organization Report. The report also showed that 1.7 million deaths are due to low intake of fruits and vegetables.

The Nutrition Month campaign also aims to encourage families, schools and communities to put up vegetable gardens to ensure supply of fresh and nutritious vegetables. The FNRI also reported that only 67.7% of Filipino households have vegetable gardens or fruit trees. Having vegetable gardens can help in reducing malnutrition and hunger especially among poor families.


Health Calendear for August 2011

Family Planning Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Lung Month
National Tuberculosis Awareness Month
Sight-Saving Month
National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

2 – 6 Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Week
6 – 12 National Hospital Week
11 – 17 Phil. National Research System Week
3rd wk Brain Attack Awareness Week
16 – 20 Asthma Week
19 – National Tuberculosis day

DOH’s Health Calendar for June-July 2010

June 2010

Dengue Awareness Month
National Kidney Month
No Smoking Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
5   World Environmental Day
14 World Blood Donor Day
14-18 Safe Kids Week
23 DOH Anniversary
25 National Patients Safety Day
4th week National Poison Prevention Week

July 2010

Deworming of School Children (Grade 1-6) Round 2
National Blood Donors Month
National Disaster Consciousness Month
Nutrition Month
Schistosomiasis Awareness Month

8   National Allergy Day
11 World Population Day
12-17 National Diabetes Awareness Week
12-17 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

Source: DOH site