Are you having a hard time losing weight and staying healthy during this time of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)?
Worry not, the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) wants to help you.
The DOST-FNRI has enhanced its HELP (Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Program) Online Website, which provides easily accessible nutrition information and tools to the public to combat obesity and non-communicable diseases, and to promote healthy lifestyle.
In a webinar on the features of the website held Friday, Senior Research Specialist Noelle Lyn Santos of the FNRI’s Nutrition Research and Development Group said the website “was created to promote good nutrition to the public through provision of evidence-based information and up-to-date nutrition tools.”
“It is a home to the Nutrition Counseling Service of DOST-FNRI that can be freely availed by the public,” she said.
She said currently, the counseling service is available from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is conducted via Zoom due to the pandemic.
So far, the FNRI has provided Nutrition Counseling Service to 1, 570 clients.
Aside from the Nutrition Counselling Service, HELP Tracker is one of the key features of the website where one can monitor his or her body statistics, calorie intake and physical activity tracker.
Other main features include Food Exchange Lists, Nutrition Calculators, and Pinggang Pinoy.
Santos said the website can be accessed by students and professionals in nutrition and dietetics, public health and other health-related fields, and individuals seeking nutrition advice and healthy lifestyle resources.
They have to register to avail the service by visiting http://helponline.fnri.dost.gov.ph/helponline, Santos said.
The website was launched in 2016, and re-launched in November 2020.
The FNRI is one of the research and development institutes of the DOST. It serves as the principal research arm of the government in food and nutrition.