ACTIVE LIFESTYLE. Teachers and students of Mandurriao National High School dance to promote a healthy lifestyle during the launching of the 2019 Nutrition Month on Monday (July 1, 2019). The National Nutrition Council in Western Visayas pushed for the full use of bike lanes and parks for physical activities. (PNA photo by Gail Momblan)
ILOILO CITY – The National Nutrition Council in Western Visayas (NNC 6) is pushing for the full use of bike lanes and parks as spaces to promote a healthy lifestyle.
With the launching of the 2019 Nutrition Month on Monday, NNC 6 Director Nona Tad-y emphasized eating healthy food should come hand in hand with an active lifestyle to achieve health and wellness.
This, as the 2019 Nutrition Month theme focuses on “Kumain nang Wasto at Maging Aktibo... Push Natin ‘to!.”
Tad-y taught students to promote healthy diets in schools during her presentation at the launch of the Nutrition Month in the region at the Mandurriao National High School in this city’s Mandurriao district.
Some of the actions for proper diet in schools are providing healthy options, such as vegetables and fruits, at the canteens; and growing fruit trees and vegetables at the school backyards.
Tad-y told the students to prevent sedentary behavior, which involved prolonged sitting or lying down. Eating healthy food should be partnered with physical activities, she said.
The benefits of physical activities include weight management, muscle and bone strength, better sleep, good mental health, among others, she added.
She stressed the importance of utilizing open spaces in this city, such as the bike lanes and the Iloilo River Esplanade. “I’m glad Iloilo is becoming more advanced in providing facilities to promote healthy lifestyle such as the bike lanes. I think we should use that in the maximum,” Tad-y said in an interview.
She also encouraged the use of the Iloilo River Esplanade and other parks, where people can exercise and children can play.
Parks are a better alternative to the malls because people can have fresh air and appreciate nature more while in open spaces, she said.
The use of open facilities is also urged as the prevalence of being overweight and being obese among adolescents in the country is increasing, she noted.
“The institutions and communities need to collaborate so that our employees and students will not remain stagnant or in sedentary behavior,” she said.
Based on the data of the Operation Timbang in Region 6, Tad-y said there are more overweight male ages 0-5. “But then we still need to validate this,” she said.
Some of the other activities of the Nutrition Month Launching are feeding program, Zumba sessions, assessment of Body Mass Index (BMI), presentation of a healthy food plate, and giving of folic acid and deworming tablets to students.
This was done by the NNC together with the departments of health, education, science and technology, and agriculture.
The same theme and activities were also launched in other schools in the region, she said. (PNA)