Nutrition month launched

The celebration of July as nutrition month was launched last Monday at the Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) with a program and mini health fair, emphasizing the importance of the younger generation’s awareness on nutrition factors and elements.

Speaker for the event is BCNHS alumna, medical doctor Berith Grace Bermejo, who emphasized the interplay of diet, health, illnesses, and lifestyle. A challenge was also left for each to follow the rudiments of whole food organic diets, disciplined and clean living and acknowledgement of divine grace.

Bermejo advocated centenarians’ diet mostly of fish, fresh fruits and vegetables; for strong bodies, immunity, and to ward off illnesses and infection. This is being proven in several parts of the globe, called blue zones, where most octogenarian and nonagenarians exist, she said.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan echoed this in his message to students, teachers and barangay officials: “the food choices we make are to our advantage.” The need to eat healthy and nutritious food brings us more productive years, to be models, to serve our fellowmen and motherland, the mayor said.

Schools Division Superintendent Federico Martin also spoke of social, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health as complementary to each. This is proven in cases of longevity, from our elderly, he pointed out.

BCNHS principal Romeo Flora reminded the students of nutritious diet while within the school, where red category food would not be served in the canteen, yellow category only sparingly and green food choices, on a daily basis.

Earlier, the Department of Education issued an order for healthy food and beverage choices; green – fruits and vegetables, plainly served carbohydrates and unsweetened milk and juices; yellow – partially sweetened and processed food; and, red – processed and sweetened pastries, instant food and candies, caffeine, heavily salted snacks. The color-coded food category would be the basis of food servings in the school canteen, Flora emphasized.

A health fair featuring nutritious food choices, information materials, livelihood education and materials, medicinal plants, healthy juice samples; at the school entrance was then formally opened by the mayor and other health officials headed by Health Services Office Dr. Rowena Galpo.

The HSO staff, Baguio City Nutrition Council (BCNC) and health district personnel manned the booths.
Other activities are ongoing in the barangays, after the unfurling of the nutrition streamer at the city hall during the flag raising ceremonies. – juliegfianza