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Preschoolers celebrates Nutrition Day in Lanao del Norte

Preschoolers celebrates Nutrition Day in Lanao del Norte.

DXNE 94.3 Radyo Kalamboan and Little Seeds Christian School come together to celebrate Nutrition Day last July 17 at United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in the Municipality of Tubod, Lanao del Norte. The theme of the celebration is “Healthy Diet Gawing Habit for Life” which promotes 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.

There are five nutrients that the body exactly needs; these are protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals. All of these can be found mostly in the food we eat. Protein is needed for development and repair of the muscle, skin, blood and bones, and other tissues and organs of the body. Carbohydrate provides the main source of energy. There are two types of Carbohydrates; starches and sugars. Foods that are abundant in starch are rice, maize, wheat and potatoes while fruits, honey, sweets and chocolate bars are rich in sugar. Fat is the secondary source of the body’s energy. It actually provides more energy per calorie than any other nutrient but the downside of it is the difficulty of burning them. Oils, cheese, butter, lard, milk and some meat are rich in fat. Vitamins and minerals are sometimes called micronutrients; they are just needed in small amounts but are essential for good health.

A balance diet means consuming these nutrients in correct quantities. There are several effects when not eating the exact amount; if eating less protein it affects the person’s growth, if eating food with not enough energy (eg. carbohydrates or fat) the person will tire easily, and if consuming food with too much energy there is a tendency that the person will become overweight.

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”.

DXNE Radyo Kalambuan as a community radio station owned and operated by the National Nutrition Council it leads in the awareness campaign in disseminating information the importance of good nutrition in the province of Lanao del Norte and surrounding areas.

The program started when Rev. Rosa L. Podiotan graced the occasion with a prayer followed by the national anthem. School Administrator Encarnacion J. Ansing welcomed all participants. Students of Little Seeds Christian School performed the Preschool GO, GROW and GLOW, children learn about healthy eating, exercising and the importance of hand washing. 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. Domingo Sacute of DXNE shared an inspiring message and how the radio station informs the people the importance of healthy diet.

To make the celebration more interesting and joyful, parents joined their children by playing various games such as trip to Jerusalem, paper dance, egg catching, lemon relay, samson and delilah, sack race, and tomato dance. The chosen board of judges were Domingo Sacute, Ryan Requino, Leonora L. Boa, Jonah N. Lumbatan and Genniver J. Ansing. PIO-LDN

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