Health office advises families to prepare veggies for the children

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, July 30 (PIA) — City Health Office advised every family, especially mothers here, to prepare local vegetables for their children in every meal.

Nutrition officer Jeanne L. Meredor of San Fernando said the daily intake of malunggay, saluyot, labong, and other veggies from their backyards are much healthy to eat since these vegetables contain lots of nutrients.

Iron, calcium, vitamin A and C are the minerals and vitamins that we can benefit from malunggay, Meredor added.

In adopting the theme, “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain,” we can be healthy and avoid common diseases that spread today, she explained.

She also encouraged the public to use natural foods rather than those manufactured ones such as frozen foods due to the chemicals used in the preparation.

To persuade and capture the interest of the kids in eating vegetables, she advised that meals should be attractive or eye-catching.

Salty noodles are not advisable for children because these may cause urinary tract infection (UTI).

Likewise, too much ingestion of soft drinks, chocolates, and other carbohydrates which are rich in sugar are not also good to their overall well being, she said.

In a related development, the health office conducted a training dubbed as “Pabasa sa Nutrisyon” in the barangays in this city to improve the nutrition practices in their homes.

Parents were given leaflets and tips on how to prepare nutritious food to address malnutrition during the event.

Moreover, to highlight more on nutrition campaign, several activities were prepared for four Fridays of the month.

On the first Friday of the month, a pre-school got talent was conducted, while a supplementary feeding program was conducted on the second Friday, July 13, in Barangay San Agustin. On the third Friday, the CHO hosted a quiz on nutrition to both public and private schools, while on the last Friday, a poster slogan contest depicting the said theme was carried out by CHO to high school students. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1, La Union)


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