Adopt healthy diet, Pinoys told

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Healthy diet should be ob­served even dur­ing emer­gen­cies. This was stressed by Health Sec­re­tary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial as she chal­lenged Filipinos to adopt healthy diet as a life­time habit.

The health sec­re­tary made the call as the na­tion cel­e­brates Nutri­tion Month this July.

With the theme “Healthy diet, gaw­ing habit – For Life!”, this year’s Nutri­tion Month aims to raise pub­lic aware­ness to re­duce both un­der-and over­nu­tri­tion; and non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCD) such as can­cer, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, hy­per­ten­sion, and di­a­betes.

Ubial said that dur­ing emer­gen­cies “proper in­fant and child feed­ing prac­tices should be con­tin­ued, ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing of in­fants up to six months and com­ple­men­tary feed­ing for chil­dren up to two years and be­yond should be prac­ticed, abd breast­feed­ing moth­ers should re­ceive ad­e­quate food and flu­ids.”

Ready to eat meals, like high en­ergy/ pro­tein bis­cuits and healthy canned pro­tein sources (sar­dines, tuna, beans, nuts, and seeds) are also im­por­tant when no other food or cook­ing fa­cil­ity are avail­able.

The Na­tional Nutri­tion Coun­cil (NNC) said that healthy diet means con­sum­ing food from dif­fer­ent food groups in bal­ance and in mod­er­a­tion.

Seven out of 10 Filipino house­holds do not meet the di­etary re­quire­ment they need for school, work, or home. This, NNC said, dis­rupts meta­bolic pro­cesses, phys­i­o­log­i­cal func­tions, and well-be­ing of an in­di­vid­ual.

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