DAGUPAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) — The 38th Nutrition Month this July celebrations will highlight the importance of vegetables in everyday diet.
Anchored on the theme “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain,” the celebration aims to increase vegetable consumption as part of a healthy diet to address micronutrient deficiencies and non-communicable diseases; promote vegetable gardening as a source of additional food and income; and increase demand for vegetables to help increase the income of local vegetable farms, said Milagros Gutierrez of the Provincial Health Office.
Gutierrez said that the province kicked-off the celebration on July 2. After the flag raising ceremony at the Capitol Complex in Lingayen town, leaflets concerning health and nutrition were distributed to government employees.
On July 17 and 19, the Provincial Health Office in partnership with the Municipal Nutrition Council will conduct vegetable gardening in selected schools of Aguilar and Lingayen, respectively. This will encourage the community to maintain a backyard garden where fresh fruits and vegetables will be made available daily, mentioned Gutierrez.
Members of the Healthy Habit Club will then show their skills in preparing low-cost and healthy vegetable dishes in a cooking demo which will be held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center on July 25. Vegetable seedlings will be given as well by the Provincial Agriculture Office on that day.
As a culminating activity, a poster and slogan making contest will be conducted at the Capitol Resort Hotel on July 30. Pangasinan I and II divisions will determine the six contestants who will compete in the contest. Medals and cash await the top three winners while the rest will receive certificates as consolation prize.
The national government sets the annual celebration of Nutrition Month to create greater awareness among Filipinos on the importance of nutrition, focusing attention on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Gutierrez was guest on the “Pantongtongan Tayo” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency last Tuesday. (JCR/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)