Health is wealth, indeed.
The Department of Health (DOH) through the National Nutrition Council (NNC) reminds us once again of the need to be health-conscious, to maintain proper diet, and to do regular exercises as it pushed its advocacy of promoting nutrition by celebrating Nutrition Month in July.
“Sa Pagkaing Tama at Sapat Wastong Timbang ni Baby ang Katapat” this has been the theme for the month-long nutrition celebration which addresses the malnutrition problem in the Philippines especially among the infants and the young.
WMSU’s Participation: A Blast of Activities
The academe is one of the strong partners of the DOH in disseminating accurate information on health and in promoting health consciousness throughout the country. In line with this, the Western Mindanao State University-College of Home Economics (WMSU-CHE), hosted a series of activities such as Opening Program and Launching of the Nutrition Month Celebration last July 5; Nutrition Caravan II last July 13 to 16; Nutrition Symposium last July 24; and the Culminating Activity last July 31.
Involving the young WMSU learners, CHE invites the Integrated Laboratory School (Elementary and High School) at the opening program held at the Juanito Bruno Gymnasium.
The guest speaker for said program, Ms. Maria Del Pilar Pamela R. Tarroza, Nutrition Program Coordinator of the NNC emphasized that it is important to impart knowledge on proper nutrition, especially among the youth sector who will be the future of this country.
She added that there is a pressing need to vigilantly disseminate accurate information on proper nutrition. And she urged everyone to be part of the campaign against malnutrition because according to her, “When we speak as one, the voice becomes louder and the message, clearer.”
The program was attended by the WMSU president, Dr. Grace J. Rebollos who, together with the Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Felicitas Falcatan and other university personnel, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Said program was concluded by a dancercise as the students, teachers and even university officials and staff present literally “sweated it out”.
WMSU-CHE also conducted a Knowledge Sharing Nutrition Caravan among 13 selected elementary schools in the city. The WMSU team visited the 7000 pupils and 648 teachers to orient them on the nutrition and health needs of Filipino children, particularly on the consumption of nutritious food.
The following are the selected elementary schools which were lucky to have been visited by the university on the respective dates: On July 13 – Ayala Elementary School and Labuan Elementary School; On July 14 – Divisoria Elementary School, Boalan Elementary School, Mercedes Elementary School, and Culianan Elementary School; On July 15 – Cabaluay Elementary School, Manicahan Elementary School, Sangali Elementary School, and Bolong Elementary School; On July 16 – Baliwasan Elementary School, Southcom Elementary School, Sinunuc Elementary School. (Almar E. Villanueva, PAO-WMSU)