The National Nutrition Council’s 2017 Nutrition Month theme: “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit – For Life!” nails it! The NNC’s clarion call for all Filipinos to start the consumption of healthier foods and discourage them from eating unhealthy diets has never been stronger and louder.
This years’ Nutrition Month celebration, which will start in July, aims to promote healthy diets to contribute to the reduction of overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases. It also teaches the public on how to better discern between healthy and unhealthy foods for better food choices; and encourage food industry including farmers, producers and distributors and food establishments to produce and make available healthier food options to consumers.
According to an NNC report, unhealthy diet is one of the common shared risk factors to obesity and non-communicable diseases. Based on the latest data, the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults 20 years old and above in Calabarzon is 32.4% which is higher than the national prevalence of 31.1%.
In a statement, Ms. Carina Santiago, Nutrition Program Coordinator for Region IV-A said that, as it was in the previous year, this year’s Nutrition Month theme is so relevant and important to the cause of good nutrition for all Filipinos.
“Nutrition Month is just around the corner and starting today let’s heed the call of the National Nutrition Council to achieve our optimum health through embracing a Health Diet – For Life!” remarked Ms. Santiago. # Source - Antonio Antazo/National Nutrition Council (NCC)