By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon underscored the importance of providing good nutrition to school children for the enhancement of their growth and development.
DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said that rapid physical growth and development happens during school years.
“For our children to achieve their full potential, it is important that they eat healthy food because it provides the building blocks for lifetime health and well-being,” he said.
Aside from children, their parents should also practice a healthy lifestyle and have a well-balanced diet, especially the mothers.
“Dapat ang mga magulang din ay nasa wastong kalusugan [The parents should also be in good health] and should practice a healthy lifestyle, especially when a mother is pregnant. She should eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, and take appropriate vitamins and mineral supplementation,” said Janairo.
“Napakaimportante ang preconception nutrition before pregnancy. What you eat can influence your health during pregnancy kasama na dito ang kalusugan ng baby,” he emphasized.
[Preconception nutrition is important before pregnancy. What you eat can influence your health during pregnancy as well as the health of the baby.]
In a related development, the DOH-Calabarzon recently conducted training on “Raw Vegan Diet” for the school nutritionists, canteen managers, and canteen owners in the region.
“The raw vegan training for school nutritionists, canteen managers and owners teaches participants in the preparation of a raw vegan diet, especially in schools to provide a selection of healthy and organic food for the consumption of school children,” said Janairo.
“Children need adequate intake of energy and nutrients including eating a nutritious breakfast at home and a healthy lunch provided by school canteens,” he added.
The raw vegan diet is “usually rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and legumes,” said Regional Non-Communicable Disease Cluster Head Dr. Marilou Espiritu.
“Eating a raw vegan diet carries with it the benefits that include improved digestion, more energy, weight loss, improved health and lower the risks of having diabetes,” she said.