LGUs urged to create ‘women-centered’ nutrition programs

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THE National Nutrition Council Region (NNC) 7 urged local government units to create women-centered nutrition programs, activities, or projects (PAPs) to empower women and advocate proper nutrition to them during the pandemic.

This was raised during the second live stream episode of NNC 7’s Educational Health and Nutrition Information Sharing Geared Towards Development (e-Hisgot), which focused on women and nutrition, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Dr. Parolita A. Mission, NNC 7 regional nutrition program coordinator, suggested the following nutrition PAPs that the local government units (LGUs) can organize and maintain:

• Home or barangay gardening

• Nutrition and sex education

• Supplementary feeding for pregnant women

• Breastfeeding support groups

• Monthly cooking demonstration

• Income-generating or livelihood programs

• Capacity building for adolescent girls

• Healthy lifestyle activities, such as Zumba or yoga

According to NNC 7, these are aligned with Republic Act 11148, or Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act, which aims to “provide comprehensive, sustainable, multisectoral strategies and approaches to address health and nutrition problems of newborns, infants and young children, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent females.”

Policymakers

NNC 7 also reminded policymakers on their role in identifying and implementing in identifying and implementing women-centered nutrition PAPs.

“Tasked to finally approve local policies and nutrition action plans, they have the prerogative to adjust existing nutrition PAPs so that these can have more impact on women and their needs,” said Mission.

During the recent e-Hisgot, resource speaker and social worker Lesly Comiso-Magalso of St. Theresa’s College said LGUs can intensify existing programs on breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and maternal nutrition.

“They can do these using all opportunities to include key messages related to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as a way to help women mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on their health and nutrition,” she said. (NRC)