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            Abiding by Presidential Decree 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines, the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) joins in the annual nationwide celebration of the Nutrition Month every July to bring awareness among the Filipinos about the important role of nutrition in an individual’s overall health and wellness.  This year’s theme, “Ugaliing magtanim, sapat na nutrisyon aanihin” hopes to contribute to improved nutrition of the general public by encouraging the community to develop food gardens at home, in workplaces, and in schools. 

            The results of the latest National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in 2013 have stimulated the National Nutrition Council to strengthen its promotion of increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables among Filipinos to address specific food and nutrition issues like micronutrient deficiencies, stunting and wasting among young children, and even the problem of overweight and obesity which is a known risk factor for the development of non-communicable diseases.  The government has also widely and openly accepted the role of conserving the environment to ensure food security for its people.  Even the small communities in the country have become aware that there is a need to be self-sufficient in terms of food production to alleviate the impact of the dwindling environment al condition.

            The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations strongly supports this endeavor for its positive impact on food and nutrition security by providing direct access to a variety of nutritionally-rich foods; increase purchasing power from savings; generate additional income; and provide fallback during disasters and seasonal lean periods. 

            The government has further given the Nutrition Month a boost by attributing its programs and projects to the Gender and Development (GAD) Program.  Section 17 or the Women’s Right to Health and Section 10 or the Care of the Elderly Women Beyond the Child-bearing years under the Magna Carta for Women reinforces this resolve.  Additionally, this year’s nutrition campaign on food security is of special interest to GAD since it covers the welfare of all people from all walks of life, where everyone has physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious foods that meet his dietary needs.

            To highlight the theme for the Nutrition Month 2018, the VMMC has launched several activities involving both patients and employees.  It has partnered with the Bureau of Plant Industry of the Department of Agriculture to ensure the successful realization of the celebration.  The Dietetic Service which led the working committee, together with the VMMC Administration, has been instrumental in encouraging and motivating the people to take part in the activities and to make what they have learned a part of their lives.

 

Dr. Dominador Chiong Jr. (center) VMMC Director, together with Dr. Franklin Gali (left), Assistant Director and Dr.  Felicitas Soriano (right), Assistant Chief Professional Service, leads the opening of the exhibit for the Nutrition Month 2018 at the hospital lobby.

 

 

 

The Nursing Service attends and supports the Nutrition Month celebration of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

 

 

The VMMC employees enjoy the snack prepared by the Dietetic Service during the opening of the Nutrition Month 2018 exhibit.

 

Ms. Jennifer Trinidad, Assistant Chief of the Dietetic Service (far left),  joins the staff from other services for a souvenir photo.

 

 

 

Dr. Dominador Chiong is seen with some of the VMMC employees who attended the opening of the Nutrition Month 2018 exhibit.

 

 

A VMMC employee receives her vegetable seedlings during the opening of the Nutrition Month 2018 exhibit.

 

 

Ms. Josephine Jamon (seated) joins the other members of the Nutrition Month 2018 working committee for a souvenir photo.

 

 

Ms. Sarah Jane Manuel, one of the VMMC staff dietitians, conducts a nutrition assessment on one of the attendees in the nutrition lecture last July 3, 2018 held during the Nutrition Month celebration.

 

 

 

A VMMC employee participates in the Question and Answer portion of the nutrition lecture conducted last July 3, 2018 at the Basilio Valdes Hall of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center during the Nutrition Month celebration.

 

 

 

Ms. Hezil S. Nerpio, Nutritionist-Dietitian I, is awarded with a Certificate of Recognition, for her role as resource speaker in the lecture entitled “Weighing Our Options towards Health’ during the Nutrition Month celebration in VMMC last July 3, 2018.

 

 

Ms. Aileen Carating, Nutritionist-Dietitian I, receives her Certificate of Recognition from Dr. Gali for being a resource speaker on the lecture entitled “Exercise and Health” last July 3, 2018 during the Nutrition Month celebration.

 

 

VMMC employees join in the Zumba session after the nutrition lecture at the Basilio Valdes Hall last July 3, 2018.

 

 

 

Dr. Franklin Gali gives an inspirational message in one of the activities during the celebration of Nutrition Month in Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

 

 

 

Ms. Jeanna Ong, one of the nutritionist-dietitians in VMMC, gives a lecture on Health and Nutrition to the OPD patients on July 5, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Representatives from the Bureau of Plant Industry of the Department of Agriculture conduct a demonstration on vegetable and tree planting last July 4, 2018 at the Basilio Valdes Hall.

 

 

 

 

Representatives from the Bureau of Plant Industry of the Department of Agriculture conduct a demonstration on vegetable and tree planting last July 4, 2018 at the Basilio Valdes Hall.

 

 

A variety of vegetable and tree seedlings are put on display in the exhibit for the VMMC Nutrition Month 2018 celebration with the theme “Ugaliing, magtanim, sapat na nutrisyon aanihin” .