Elementary and secondary schools all over the country will once more mark the annual Nutrition Month or “Buwan ng Nutrisyon” this coming July.
As mandated by the National Nutrition Council (NNC), the theme for this year’s celebration is “Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!”
The theme aims to underscore the necessity of hunger and malnutrition prevention among Filipinos to minimize the impact of calamities and disasters.
In a statement, the agency is urging local government units through the local nutrition committees “to plan for activities related to nutrition in emergency preparedness as these committees are also the local nutrition clusters.”
The NNC has outlined the following goals in relation to this year’s nutrition month celebration:
1) promote interventions to address nutritional needs in emergencies and disasters including preparedness, response and recovery;
2) mobilize responders particularly the local nutrition clusters and stakeholders to address gaps in nutrition in emergencies response from national to barangay levels; and
3) increase awareness among families and individuals on coping and resiliency strategies to prevent malnutrition and worsening of nutritional status in times of emergencies and disasters.
UPDATE, July 1: The Department of Education has already issued a formal memorandum order about the nutrition month meant for all elementary and high schools in the country. Please check the document below:
Personal: I gave a presentation titled “Social Marketing of Nutrition Using Information and Communication Technology” at the National Nutrition Council (Official) last June 6. The agency’s high interest in exploring the social media is really commendable. I spent about 15 minutes answering queries from NNC officials.