The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Mimaropa is set to launch the celebration of National Nutrition Month with its theme “Healthy Diet, Gawing Affordable for All!” on July 6, 2023 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
NNC Mimaropa Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen B. Blanco discussed the programs and activities being implemented by the agency during the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – Mimaropa Virtual Presser on July 3, 2023.
According to Blanco, nutrition month campaign aims to raise awareness on supporting Filipinos to improve access to affordable healthy diets to reduce malnutrition, and improve food security, health, and quality of life.
Blanco suggested to have family and community food gardens as an additional source of food and buy food from local farmers. “Malaki po ang tipid kapag may sarili tayong backyard garden lalo na when there are times na expensive ang mga gulay, kung may sarili tayong [vegetable] garden makakatipid tayo kasi ‘yun ang gagamitin nating gulay na ating ihahain. Let’s also love our own [produce], buy food from local farmers.”
Nutrition Month is an annual campaign held every July to create greater awareness on the importance of nutrition among Filipinos. Presidential Decree 491 (1974) or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines mandates the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to lead the nationwide campaign. This year marks the 49th Nutrition Month celebration. (GATS/PIA Mimaropa)