DXNE 94.3 Radyo Kalamboan, the Provincial Health Office and the Department Of Health supported series of activities in Lanao del Norte for the observance of the Nutrition Month. On July 27, Barangay Esperanza of Bacolod, July 28 in Pigcarangan Elementary School of Tubod and in Baroy Tourism Plaza, and on July 31 in Baroy Central Elementary School. These series of activities culminates the month long celebration of Presidential Decree 491, or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974.
This year’s theme, “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life” it aims to promote healthy and nutritious foods to individuals particularly to children for attaining maximum brain power performance and increase body stamina for day to day activities. Food is essential for our body to function. It gives us the energy and nutrients to grow and develop, be healthy and active, to move, work, play, think and learn. And at the same time it provides information on overweight reduction, obesity and prevention of acquiring communicable diseases.
In Esperanza the celebration of the nutrition month was made through booth display contest, Quiz Bee competition intended for the students of Esperanza Elementary School and Cooking Match for its seven zones. Barangay Captain Valeriano S. Clapano expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte especially to Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza Dimaporo. “Dako kaayo mi ug pasalamat ni Governor Angging Dimaporo gumikan sa makanunayong pagsuporta sa mga panginahanglanon namo diri sa among tagsa-tagsa ka barangay”, Barangay Captain Clapano said.
School Principal of Pigcarangan Elementary, Dr. Socorro Pegalan,II, encouraged students to stay fit by consuming healthy foods to achieve healthy body and mind. The school organized competitions such as Batasinero (Batang-Kusinero), Team Cooking Contest, Food Display and Nutri-Jingle singing contest. The personnel from the Provincial Health Office taught the pupils on how to properly wash their hands before they began to consume any food.
Nutrition Month in Baroy was held in its Tourism Plaza where eight barangays participated on its Jingle Contest; these barangays are Salong, Lindongan, Poblacion, Lower Sagadan, Bag-ong Dawis, Princessa, Manan-ao and Dalama. Baby Crawling Contest was also arranged for the said event. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Melania Untao shared that we should not only consume Go, Grow and Glow foods but we should Garden as well from 3G to 4G (Go, Grow, Glow and Garden).
Grains are GO foods, they help you run, jump and play all day; Fruits and Vegetables are GLOW foods, they help you have shiny hair and sparkly eyes; Dairy and Protein are GROW foods, they help you grow big and strong. Backyard gardening was also endorsed by the PHO for the people to practice for this does not only save you money but also providing you clean and fresh vegetables that is straight from your garden.
In Baroy Central Elementary School various activities have been initiated for the culmination of the Nutrition Month like Slogan Contest, Poster Making, Essay Writing, A-1 Child, Cooking Contest, and Jingle Contest.
The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and the two Congressional Districts of the province has long been supportive of this program, promoting healthy lifestyle and nutritious foods for the residents of the province. During the celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte, Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo formulated the slogan: “Lanao del Norte: Hulagway sa Himsug nga Katawhan og Malinawong Katilingban”. PIO-LDN