Sixty-two undernourished children in Nueva Ecija are expected to benefit from the Department of Science and Technology- Region III ’s (DOST-III) implementation of its Supplementary Food Feeding Program.
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña cited that the DOST-III, through the health and nutrition entry point of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) launched on Feb. 15 the program to combat malnutrition among children in Barangays San Antonio, Bonifacio, and Maycaban in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija.
“The program aims to reduce the number of undernourished and improve the nutritional status of children in these barangays where there is a high percentage of undernourished children ages 12 to 71 months old,” he said during his weekly report on Friday, Feb. 26.
The DOST chief said the supplementary food feeding activities for 62 program recipients will be conducted daily for 120 days.
“Through this program, nutritious supplementary food supplies such as brown rice, kalabasa, and malunggay veggie noodles will be provided,” he said.
He explained that brown rice is a great source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help to control blood sugar levels, lower bad cholesterol, prevent heart disease, and the risk of developing cancer.
“Additionally, the veggie noodles made from squash or kalabasa is a great source of Vitamin A aside from being rich in Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, calcium, and magnesium,” he said.
“Moringa or malunggay, on the other hand, is rich in vitamins C and A, iron, and high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol.”