DOH-CAR Nutrition Dietitian IV Candice Salingbay said the activity was also aimed to promote good nutrition and healthy lifestyle among adolescents, specifically to let them understand the principles of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, nutrition guidelines, correct food myths, promote activities for healthy lifestyle like the Go sigla, Go sustansya, Go smoke-free, and Go slow sa tagay.
Around 340 grades 7-12 school learners from Tabuk National High School and Kalinga State University participated in the two day (Oct.9-10) NHLP that included series of lectures on principles of good nutrition for adolescents, promotion of healthy lifestyle activities, fad diets, STD/HIV, and prevention of teenage pregnancy.
Salingbay explained that having a healthy lifestyle is not just about eating healthy and exercising. There are lots of information about the importance of healthy lifestyle and this often refers to having a work/life balance.
As teenagers, the students may have a lot of things that they are trying to balance such as school or study, friendship/relationships, extracurricular activities, sports, part-time job and responsibilities at home. That’s why it is important to find balance in their life which is really what having a healthy lifestyle is all about, she added
Based on the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology 2015 National Nutrition Survey, 27.2% of pre-adolescence and older children 10-19 years old were stunted, 5.5% were wasted or thin and 11.4% were overweight.
The Operation Timbang Plus of the Department of Education also showed an increasing prevalence of overweight in the City of Baguio, and the provinces of Benguet and Kalinga.
Nutrition and healthy lifestyle interventions must be done and advocacy plays a major role in the behavior of the person, Salingbay said.
Series of NHLP activities were already conducted in the three areas. NHLP was also expanded to Tabuk City and in Bontoc, Mountain Province. (JDP/MAWC - PIA CAR)