Nutrition Month Theme 2023: “Healthy diet, gawing affordable for all!”
Schools across the country will be celebrating the annual National Nutrition Month or “Buwan ng Nutrisyon” this coming July. In connection with this, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) has announced that the theme for this year’s celebration is “Healthy diet gawing affordable for all!”
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the NNC explained that this theme highlights “the need to support efforts that will enable Filipinos to have greater access to healthy, safe, and affordable food.” The agency added that this year’s nutrition month serves as a call to action for policy-makers, program managers, and legislators to act on the following issues:
1) Increase availability of nutritious foods such as by giving subsidies, product reformulation and improved food value chains,
2) Reduce the availability of unhealthy food through taxation, restrictions on marketing and consumer education,
3) Rechannel resources to agriculture to enable access to affordable nutritious and safe food,
4) Implement the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2023-2028 by scaling up food and nutrition security interventions.
The national nutrition month is celebrated every July as stipulated in Presidential Decree 491, which also mandated the creation of NNC in 1974. It must be noted that during that time, then-President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. had both executive and legislative powers.
The Department of Education is expected to release an official memorandum in the coming days or weeks pertaining to this. This post will be updated if and when that has been published. Typically, schools organize various activities and events connected to the nutrition month including essay writing, jingle-making, as well as slogan-making contests.