The Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC)-Abra chaired by Governor Joy Bernos is leading a campaign against sedentary behavior by conducting activities that promote physical activity and consumption of healthy diets in daily living.
One of the identified activities is a twice a week dance exercise among government employees including the private sector a way of promoting physical activity.
Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Glenda Belisario said sedentary behavior is any waking behavior such as sitting, reclining or lying down for long periods. A person maybe healthy with food intakes but can still be considered sedentary if he or she spends a large amount of the day sitting or lying down at home, at work especially for government employees, at school or during leisure times.
Sedentary behaviors increase the risk of adverse health conditions which include heart disease, diabetes, and cancers of the breast and colon,” she stressed.
Severe sedentary behavior may constitute feelings of anxiety and depression and these are possible links to shortened life expectancy, she added.
Belisario also confirmed that sedentary behavior is one of the factors of rapid weight gain.
Recently, the Regional Nutrition Committee-Cordillera agreed to come up with a regional weight management plan encompassing a healthy weight loss including diet modification and increase in physical activity.
Belisario enumerated the health benefits of staying physically active. “It is a preventive measure of non-communicable diseases, high blood pressure, stroke and certain cancers. It also helps people to achieve cardio-respiratory fitness and maintenance of weight loss,” she said.
Aside from physical activities, PNC-Abra is also conducting nutri-education seminars to raise public awareness on proper health and nutrition. (JDP/CAGT- PIA CAR, Abra)