Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

NNC showcases Bicolano moms’ creativity in preparing food for baby’s first 12-23 months

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 3 (PIA) – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Bicol, in coordination with the Regional Nutrition Committee, led the complementary food preparation contest Friday last week as part of this year’s Nutrition Month celebration themed “First 1000 days ni baby pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan.”

NNC Bicol Nutrition Program coordinator Arlene R. Reario said the month-long celebration seeks to create awareness on the significance of good maternal nutrition and proper infant and young child feeding practices.

“This year’s theme highlights the first 1000 days of life-starting from the first day of conception until the 2nd birthday of the child-globally considered as the golden window of opportunity for interventions that aim to achieve maximum potential of a child’s growth and development,” Reario said.

The food preparation contest for mothers with children aged 12 -24 months old aims to provide venue for mothers to showcase their knowledge and creativity on complementary food preparation to achieve optimal growth and nourishment of their children along with continued breastfeeding.

“The NNC also hopes to teach other mothers on the need to ensure adequate quantity and quality of the complementary food provided to young children,” Reario added.

Reario stressed the need for mothers to be creative in preparing and giving nutritious and balanced food to their children citing proper combination from the go, grow and glow food groups.

Ten mothers joined the contest bringing along their children for the actual food tasting.

The contestants prepared three main meal equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner and two snacks from the available cooked and raw food items provided by NNC Bicol.

The food prepared was judged based on creativity (20%), nutritive value (35%), acceptability (30%) and presentation (15%).

Cash prizes are awarded to top three winners ranging from P3000-P1,000 while non-winners were given P500.00 as consolation prizes.

Declared winners are Melanie N. Magsipoc (1st) of Brgy. San Agustin, Iriga City , Gemalyn Abunda (2nd) of Brgy. Lapu-Lapu, Legazpi City and Sharlyn A. Oquendo (3rd) of Brgy. Quitago, Guinobatan Albay.

The baby’s first 1000 days of life is the period between conception until the child’s 2nd birthday. The 1000 days comprise 270 days of pregnancy, 365 days for the first year of life of the child and another 365 days for the 2nd year of his/her life.

The first 1000 days is the period of rapid growth where nutrient deficiencies can have long-term consequences.

Studies have shown a link between undernutrition, especially stunting, in the early years of life and overnutrition in the child’s later years and consequent development of noncommunicable diseases. Stunting is defined as height or length-for-age below 2 zscore line based on the WHO Child Growth Standards. Stunted growth, or bansot in Filipino, means that the child is short compared to other children of the same age.  (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571470210161/nnc-showcases-bicolano-moms-creativity-in-preparing-food-for-baby-s-first-12-23-months#sthash.RahY4i4j.dpuf

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