PIA News Service - Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

Flood now claims three, millions of damages on infra and agriculture
By: Dave M. Suyao, PIA-Agusan del Sur

The continuous rainfall that cause floods province-wide now claim three lives and millions of damages on infrastructures and agriculture while increasing damages and risks to now 35 barangays with 10,742 families or 52,746 people from four municipalities that reported to the Provincial Disaster Management Center as of 5:00 in the afternoon yesterday, January 20, 2010. 

On January 17, children named Lovely Lamery Y Agunos, 9, and Jalyn Encarnacion Y Noja, 11 years old, both from Barangay Tagapua, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur died by drowning. The third casualty is Pedro Hilot, 34, from Barangay Sampaguita, Veruela, was found dead at around 1:00 in the afternoon of January 17 at Bacay River in Barangay Sampaguita but was reported missing since January 14 while towing falcata logs.

Yesterday, the municipality of La Paz reported to have the highest number of persons affected totaling to 18,534 from eight barangays with 3,314 families, followed by Prosperidad with 17,880 persons from 11 barangays with 3,576 families. The municipality of San Francisco reported nine barangays affected with 3,523 families or 14,358 persons and San Luis with seven barangays with 329 families or 1,974 persons. Five houses were damaged in Barangay Comota, 4, and Sabang Adgawan, 1, all in the municipality of La Paz.

To date, a family with nine members from Poblacion, Prosperidad evacuated at Born Again Church while 14 families with 93 members from San Luis evacuated to the municipal gym, social hall while others shared houses with their relatives.

To date, Prosperidad alone recorded some P2 million damages on roads and another estimated P7 million damages on agriculture. San Luis reported some 264 hectares of rice field damages without estimated cost yet.

The local Disaster Coordinating Councils province-wide now continue to monitor the situation under close coordination with the Provincial Disaster Management Center managed by Roberto Natividad, while moderate rainfall continue to fall. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office under Mrs. Josefina Bajade also conduct relief operations with the local government units. 


Feature: More overweight Filipinos at risk to heart disease, diabetes and hypertension

The latest National Nutrition Survey (2008) by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) revealed that there is an increasing trend of overweight and obesity among adults aged 20 years and over of both sexes from 2003 to 2008. 

In 1998, there were about 20 out of 100 adults who were overweight, increasing to 24 and 27 out of 100 in 2003 and 2008, respectively. 

Overweight, when left unattended, may result to many chronic degenerative diseases like heart diseases, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus.

In the 2008 survey, 2.7% Filipino adults aged 20 years and over are suffering from impaired fasting glucose, while hyperglycemia or high fasting blood sugar (FBS) level is 4.8%. 

The prevalence of hypertension among adults is 25%, increasing with age starting from age 40-49 years.

Diabetes is a disease characterized by elevated blood sugar levels due to deficiency or absence of insulin which is needed to utilize blood sugar to turn it into energy.

Diabetes causes sugar levels in the blood to increase. Individuals having fasting blood sugar level equal to or greater than 100-125 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) are considered having impaired glucose level, while those with blood sugar level equal to or greater than 125 mg/dl are classified as diabetics. 

The signs and symptoms of diabetes are numerous including frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, sudden weight loss, weakness and fatigue, recurring or hard to heal wound or gum infection, drowsiness, tingling or numbness in hands or feet, itching of skin and genitals, sudden vision changes, and blurred vision. 

Hypertension, on the other hand, is a disorder characterized by sustained systolic blood pressure reading equal to or more than () 140 millimeter mercury (mmHg) and/or a diastolic blood pressure reading of  90 mmHg.  

Hypertension increases the danger of acquiring heart diseases. 

These health data indicate that policymakers need to develop appropriate policies and strategies to prevent the continuing increase in the number of overweight Filipinos.  

At present, a lot of methods like fad diets, diet pills, and fasting may indeed induce rapid weight loss and these attract a lot of people who want to be slim. 

However, like any sudden change to the body, these can be dangerous because they may also injure the heart and other organs. 

So it is important to take caution and consult a doctor or dietitian before taking any action. 

To reduce weight, take the advice of nutritionists to go natural, healthily, and sustainably, like losing weight by eating less food or less high-energy foods and exercising more. 

Reducing weight does not mean starving oneself because everyone has a basic nutritional requirement to meet each day. 

Rather than going without meals altogether, everyone is encouraged to practice a healthy lifestyle through a proper diet, good nutrition, increased physical activity, and regular exercise habit. 

Brisk walking, taking the stairs, and doing household chores are examples of simple forms of exercise which helps burn calories. 

A healthy lifestyle is also synonymous to not smoking and avoiding alcoholic beverages. 

Message # 10 of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos says “for a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition, exercise regularly, do not smoke, and avoid drinking alcoholic beverages”. 

The secret to weight loss is: making small changes each day and you'll slowly (but surely) lose those extra pounds. 

The key is to forget about instant results and settle in for the long run.

The following are tips on how to lose weight:

 Eat less energy-dense foods, especially foods high in fat;
 Eat more foods rich in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grain cereals;
 Eat at regular meal time; constantly going hungry is not the answer;
 Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day;
 Drink alcoholic beverages moderately (less than 1 drink per day for women and less than 2 drinks per day for men); and
 Exercise regularly for at least about 20 to 30 minutes a day in order to use up energy stores.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax Nos.: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line: 839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071 to 82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, Ph.D, Assistant Scientist, FNRI-DOSTS & T Media Service)  
  

Tagalog News: Pilipinong may high blood pressure dumadami

Alam ba ninyo na ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong may high blood pressure o alta presyon ay tumaas mula 22.5% noong 2003 sa 25.3% noong 2008. Ito ay ayon sa pagsusuri ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) noong 2008 Clinical and Health Survey na bahagi ng 2008 National Nutrition Survey.

Ibig sabihin, sa kasalukuyan, isa sa bawat apat na Pilipino edad 20 pataas ay may alta presyon.

Lubhang delikado ito dahil nagdudulot ito ng ng iba’t-ibang sakit sa puso, stroke, sakit sa bato at iba pang komplikasyon.  

Tinatawag na silent killer dahil kadalasan ito ay hindi nararamdaman kahit sa loob nang mahabang panahon. 

Malalaman mo lang na mayroon ka nito kung magpapakonsulta sa doctor at kukuhanan ng blood pressure kung saan maaaring ang komplikasyon sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng katawan ay lubhang malala na. 

Magkaroon ng healthy lifestyle para maiwasan ang alta presyon.  

Panatilihin ang tamang timbang, huwag manigarilyo, iwasan ang mga pagkaing maalat, palagiang mag-ehersisyo at iwasan ang sobrang pag-inom ng alak. 

Ang impormasyong ito ay hatid sa inyo ng FNRI-DOST, ang pangunahing ahensiya ng gobyerno sa pananaliksik sa pagkain at nutrisyon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon at kaalaman sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Direktor, FNRI-DOST sa kanyang email address: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph o mar_v_c@yahoo.com o sa telepono bilang 837-2934/837-3164. Maaari ding bisitahin ang FNRI website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Mildred O. Guirindola, FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service)


Feature: 27 in 100 Filipino adults overweight, obese

Twenty seven (27) out of every 100 Filipino adult population is overweight and obese, according to the 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in 2008.  

The report further revealed that there is 2.6 percentage point increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults 20 years and over in comparison to the 2003 survey.

These two indices are known to be one of the risk factors associated with chronic degenerative diseases, or the so-called lifestyle diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer among others.
 
Much has been said that being overweight and obese are brought about primarily by improper eating habits and sedentary lifestyle, which in effect, are both outcomes of the modern times and advancement in technology.
 
Gone are the days when adults are seen doing most of activities manually in the workplaces or in the homes, simply because “technology made it easy”.

While Filipinos have slowly adapted to the lifestyle of the affluent society, the diseases that have been associated with it may have slowly gotten in the way too, as have been seen in the results of the survey.

With the current health status of Filipino adults, there is an urgent need to invest and intensify the government’s health programs, particularly in the area of non-communicable diseases because these type of diseases will drain the country’s health resources if we will have handicapped, unproductive citizens with less capacity to work and less potential to contribute to society.

Educational programs that would reinforce healthy lifestyle habits even among the young population, such as increased intake of fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, not smoking among others, would be of great help. A mandatory action, such as an exercise program in schools, would probably most beneficial if also implemented in workplaces.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax Numbers.: 837-2934, 837-2071 local 2295; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph; mar v capanzana@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri.gov.ph. (Regina M. Pagaspas, FNRI-DOST S&T MEDIA SERVICE)


Feature: Hypertension significantly increased in 2008


Twenty-five in every 100 Filipino adults are hypertensive, based on single visit blood pressure measurement.

The prevalence of hypertension or high blood pressure among adults significantly increased from 22.5 percent in 2003 to 25.3 percent in 2008.  

This was revealed by the Seventh National Nutrition Survey (7th NNS) by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in 2008.  

Hypertension is a serious condition that, if left untreated or uncontrolled may result to heart disease, renal failure, and even stroke.  

Everyone should be aware of the risks of hypertension.  

The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) recommends avoiding excessive intake of salty foods to help prevent hypertension.
  
The FNRI-DOST led the technical working group that developed the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), which are primary recommendations to promote good health through proper nutrition. 

Check blood pressure regularly, take prescribed medication, and live a healthy lifestyle.  
  
For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. Direct Lines and Fax: (02) 837-03164; Trunklines: 837-2071 locals 2296 and 2284, 837-8113, locals 318 and 319; Website: www.fnri.dost.gov.ph; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com. (Chona F. Patalen, FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service)


Lathalain: Wastong timbang para sa mahabang buhay

Kung ang inyong anak ay lumalaki nang mas mabilis kaysa normal, kailangang bigyang pansin ito kaagad.

Ang tangkad at laki ng katawan ng bata ay may kinalaman kung siya ba ay obese o sobra ang timbang.  

Ang bata ay obese kung 20 porsiyento o mahigit pa ang labis na timbang niya sa kanyang ideal body weight para sa kanyang edad at taas. 

Kung may family history ng obesity, mas malaki ang tsansa na ang bata ay maging mataba rin, lalo na kung ang nanay at tatay ay parehong matataba.  

Ang sobrang dami ng pagkain at kakulangan sa exercise ay malaking dahilan ng obesity sa mga bata. Ang matabang bata ay malamang maging mataba rin sa kanyang pagtanda.

Sa tulong ng inyong doktor, bantayan ang pagtangkad at pagbigat ng bata upang tiyakin na normal ang kanyang paglaki.  

Kung kailangan ang mag-diet, planuhin ito kasama ang doktor o registered dietitian upang makagawa ng wastong nutritional guide na susundin nang pangmatagalan. Huwag kalimutan na dapat may exercise component rin ito.

Mapanganib sa kalusugan ang obesity. Kapansin-pansin sa mga dalubhasa na ang mga batang obese ay may panganib na magkaroon sa kanilang pagtanda ng matitinding sakit, katulad ng sakit sa puso at ugat, diabetes, arthritis at ilang uri ng cancer. 
Upang maiwasan ang obesity at magkaroon ng healthy eating habits hindi lamang ang mga bata kundi pati na ang boung pamilya, bigyang pansin ang mga sumusunod:

• Tiyakin na ang inihahandang pagkain ay balance: may kanin, ulam, sapat na gulay at prutas;  
• Isama ang mga bata kapag nag-exercise.  
• Limitahan ang computer at tv time ng mga bata at ipagbawal ang pagkain sa tapat ng tv.  
• Iwasan ang mga malalangis na pagkain at iwasan rin ang kumain sa mga mga kainan na ang menu ay nakakataba.

Tandaan, kung kayo’y nababagabag na ang inyong anak ay mukhang tumataba, huwag pagalitan ang inyong anak upang siya ay mag-dyeta.  

Gamitin ang positive reinforcement. Hikayatin ang buong pamilya na mag-exercise at tiyakin na balanse ang pagkain para sa buong pamilya.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax Nos.: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line: 839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071 to 82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Divorah V. Aguila, FNRI-DOST S &T Media Service)


Feature: FNRI models a healthy lifestyle program in the workplace 

No one will argue that health care costs are on the rise due to increasing prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases. 

The increase seems to correlate with the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults.  

Recent survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) revealed that more than one fourth of Filipino adults is overweight or obese. Excess body weight greatly increases the risk of developing chronic diseases.

Ample research suggests the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity are largely the result of declining diet quality and inadequate physical activity. 

Therefore, we need to help people address these two areas and not only from a public health perspective.  

Most people spend a large part of their lives at work, so health and wellness have to be a priority in the workplace as well as at home.

That is why the FNRI-DOST developed, implemented and evaluated a model corporate wellness program to determine, first hand, if a wellness program can be effective in reducing the risk factors to lifestyle diseases.  

The intervention program, which consisted of a physical activity regimen and dietary/lifestyle counseling, was administered to a total of 166 participants.  

After one year, results revealed that the program showed improvement in the behavior and attitude of participants in terms of better eating habits and increased physical activity.  

On the other hand, the blood lipid chemistry levels of the participants remained within normal levels.  

This only indicates that a carefully planned wellness program and its sustained implementation in the workplace may help in reducing the health risks of employees against the onset of chronic diseases. 

Remember, creating an environment that makes it easier to eat healthfully and be active is one of the most important things we can do to help employees stay or become healthy.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax Nos.: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line: 839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071 to 82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Divorah V. Aguila, FNRI-DOST S &T Media Service)


Feature: Helping your workforce stay fit and healthy

Physical activity and exercise have been proven to help prevent lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and hypertension.  

Companies who have incorporated wellness program in their workplaces can attest to the truth that as they help their workers stay fit, they reap the cost savings, cut absenteeism and boost productivity.  

Workplace wellness programs can be as varied as possible.  

The key is to offer opportunities and incentives for employees to lead healthy lifestyles: eat healthy food, quit smoking and be physically active.  

Exercise and physical activity are integral in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases.  

Most employees would like to eat better, exercise regularly and achieve a normal weight, but simply telling people to adopt a healthy lifestyle isn't helpful.  

Here are some tips to companies that have not yet tried incorporating health and wellness activities in your company:

1. Get the support and involvement of company leaders. If employees will see that the management is supportive of the program, their likelihood to participate in the program is huge.

2. Create a taskforce or ad-hoc committee that will plan special events, promote employee participation and spread the news about health and wellness program.

3. Routine physical check-ups among employees will increase employees' awareness of their condition and inspire them to do something about their lifestyle. But be sure that they are aware of the results.

4. Monthly wellness lectures can educate employees on eating healthy, increasing physical activities, managing time and stress, and alcohol and smoking cessation.

5. Organize weight loss competitions, focusing more on lifestyle changes than cash incentives. This gives employees the motivation to participate and value the program.

6. Company wellness events like sports fest, fun run, or mini-Olympics, can be done quarterly or bi-annual. Events like these will help create an environment that encourages regular physical activity. 

7. A health club will encourage more employees to participate because it is accessible.

8. Make available information packages such as brochures and posters on food and nutrition to employees. You may also want to publish a company cookbook to which employees can contribute their favorite healthy recipes.

9. Provide incentives for achieving goals such as healthy behaviors and weight. This can be by way of extra time for walking, discounts on health care premiums or even days off from work.

10. If funding support is not a problem, corporate health club memberships offered by fitness centers where discounted rates may be given to a number of employees.

Remember, creating this healthy environment does not have to involve significant or expensive changes.  

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax Nos.: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line: 839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071 to 82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Divorah V. Aguila, FNRI-DOST S &T Media Service)


Feature: Helping your kids develop healthy lifestyle habits

Childhood obesity remains a challenge, due to its serious impact on the physical and social well-being of today’s children.  

The notion that plump children are cute and healthy is fading fast.  

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), obesity promotes insulin resistance, which in turn, is related to a number of lifestyle-related diseases including type-2 diabetes mellitus.  

Addressing obesity through lifestyle changes is an important step towards achieving healthy habits.  

Helping children achieve or maintain healthy weight requires accurate identification by health care professionals and promotion of lifestyle modifications. 

It also requires significant societal change to create a healthier environment for children.  

Here are ten practical tips to keep your children healthy, balanced and energetic throughout the day:

1. Practice what you preach. If you are practicing healthy habits, it’s a lot easier to convince children to do the same.

2. Persuade the whole family to be active. Plan times for everyone to get moving together. Take walks, ride bikes, fix the garden or just play hide-and-seek outside. Everyone will benefit from the exercise and the time together.

3. Limit TV, video game and computer time to not less than two hours a day. More than two hours of viewing may lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking while in front of the TV or computer which may increase the risks for obesity.

4. Encourage physical activities that children really enjoy. Every child is unique. Let children experiment with different activities until each finds something that he or she really loves doing so that they will stick with it longer if they love it.

5. Give praise whenever necessary with regard to small successes in healthy lifestyle practices. Children like to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children develop a good self-image.

6. Set specific goals and limits, such as one hour of physical activity a day or two desserts per week other than fruit. The chance for success increases as goals become detailed and specific.

7. Don’t reward children with food. Candy and snacks as a reward encourage bad habits. Find other ways to reward good behavior.

8. Make dinnertime a family time. When everyone sits down together to eat, there’s less chance of children eating the wrong foods or snacking too much. Get the kids involved in the preparation of family meals.  

9. Encourage the value of reading food labels. The whole family will learn what’s good for their health and be more conscious of what they eat. It’s a habit that helps change behavior for a lifetime.

10. Remain involved. Be an advocate for healthier children. Insist on healthy lifestyle habits including good food choices at school and in the community. 

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax Nos.: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line: 839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071 to 82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Divorah V. Aguila, FNRI-DOST S &T Media Service)


Lathalain: Masustansyang palaman mula sa soybeans

Mahilig ka ba sa peanut butter? Alam mo ba na may masustansyang alternatibo na kasing sarap nito?

Ang Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) ay gumawa ng Soy-Peanut Spread, isang masustansiya at malusog na alternatibo sa peanut butter.

Ito ay gawa sa soybeans na inihalo sa peanut butter. Ang soybean ay mayaman sa sangkap na isoflavone. Ang isoflavone ay nakatutulong sa pag-iwas sa pagkasira ng cells sa katawan at pag-iwas sa kanser at mga sakit sa ugat.

Ang protina na nakukuha sa soybean ay maganda sa pagbubuo ng katawan dahil ito ay nakabababa ng kolesterol sa dugo. Pinapababa din ng protina mula sa soybean ang low-density lipoproteins (LDL) o ang tinatawag na bad cholesterol at triglycerides na sanhi ng pagbabara ng mga ugat.

Ang isang kutsara o 15 gramo ng Soy-Peanut Spread ay nakapagbibigay ng 81 kilocalories kaya mayaman ito sa enerhiya.

Ito ay may anim (6) na gramo ng carbohydrates, apat (4) na gramo ng protina, at limang (5) gramo ng taba.

Ang Soy-Peanut Spread ay tatagal ng higit sa siyam na buwan nang hindi nasisira.
May dietary fiber rin ang Soy-Peanut Spread na nagbibigay ng 3 porsiyento ng dami na kinakailangan natin sa isang araw.

Abangan ang Soy-Peanut Spread sa mga groceries sa nalalapit na panahon.
Ang teknolohiya ng Soy-Peanut Spread ay bukas sa mga interasadong matuto sa paggawa nito. Makipagugnayan sa FNRI, sa pamamagitan ni Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Direktor, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel./Fax: 837-2934/837-3164 o e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (Victor J. Alfonso, Jr., FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service)


Lathlain: Panatilihin ang tamang paglaki ng mga bata

Ang Gabay sa Wastong Nutrisyon para sa Pilipino o Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos na binalangkas sa pamumuno ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) ay binubuo ng sampung pangunahing rekomendasyon na naglalayong itaguyod ang mabuting nutrisyon ng mga Pilipino.

Ang ikatlong gabay ay nagsasaad na “Panatilihin ang tamang paglaki ng bata sa pamamagitan ng palagiang pagsubaybay sa kanyang timbang”. Ipinapayo ng mensaheng ito ang:

• wastong pagpapakain ng mga bata kabilang dito ang mga batang 1-6 na taong gulang, 7-12 taong gulang, mga binatilyo at dalagita.

• regular na pagtitimbang ng mga bata para masubaybayan ang kanilang paglaki. Ito ay isang simpleng paraan para malaman ang kalagayang pangnutrisyon nila.

Ang impormasyong ito ay hatid sa inyo ng FNRI-DOST, ang pangunahing ahensiya ng gobyerno sa pananaliksik sa pagkain at nutrisyon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon at kaalaman sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Direktor, FNRI-DOST sa kanyang email address: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph o mar_v_c@yahoo.com o sa telepono bilang 837-2934/837-3164. Maaari ding bisitahin ang FNRI website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Marilou R. Gang, FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)


Feature: Healthy tips for kiddie meals during school days

School days are here again. Preparing meals for school children needs careful planning especially if you are a working mom. 

Planning ahead will save time and effort and will enable you to come up with a healthy and nutritious kiddie meal.

There are potential dangers when kiddie meals are not well-planned. The kid’s regular breakfast fare can consist of a lot of processed foods. These foods are usually high in sodium and preservatives. A possible effect of preservatives on kids is hyperactivity (McCann, Donna et al 2007. Common Food Additives doubles Kids Hyperactivity. The Lancet). 

Children are eating away from home so many parents just give money for lunch. Left to decide on what to eat, kids are less likely to consume the nourishment they need.

Processed foods, fast foods, and other low-nutrient foods can be offered once in a while so children won’t feel “deprived”. 

Provide alternatives, such as lean meat, sandwiches with low-fat cheese and some veggies or fruits as snacks. 

Encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables, as well as complex carbohydrates, like boiled corn, banana cue, kamote cue, biko, suman and other native delicacies. 

Native foods or kakanin are cheaper and healthier than refined carbohydrates like chips, fries, burgers, cakes and pastries. 

These food items are usually high in fat, sugar and sodium which are not good for growing children.

 As a parent, you need to be a role model for healthy eating. Make an effort to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables when you’re hungry. Chances are, your children will eventually follow. 

Involve your children in planning meals. 

Take them to the grocery to help select items for your weekly menu. They are more likely to eat something they have chosen. Include easy, healthy choices like fruit juices and milk in their diet.  
For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. E-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call: 837-2071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Josefina T. Gonzales, FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)


Feature: Elderly people should keep moving

Did you know that physically active older persons are much more likely to live longer than those who are not?

Many people are afraid to do physical activities once reaching 60 years old and above because it may worsen existing illnesses like high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, among other ailments. 

Contrary to this passive belief, exercise can even improve these conditions. 

Various studies in the Philippines and abroad have found the following facts:
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• Any amount of regular activity, not necessarily formal exercise, was closely linked with a longer lifespan. Being active and staying fit can help prolong life and can even delay illnesses or disabilities as a person grows older. 
• Initially inactive older people are more likely to experience mortality and health change over time than the initially active. Physical exercise helps in avoiding health decline. 
• Among community-dwelling older people, exercise decreased the impact of age on mortality across all grades of unfitness. The greatest benefits to improvements in health status in those who were more frail at baseline. 
• Among the elderly, falls are common cause of fractures and disability. Having physical activity makes the bones and muscles stronger. When muscles are strong, the elderly will less likely to fall. 
• Walking, both as exercise and as a mode of transportation, was the physical activity of choice across all groups. Health and social benefits were often the motivating factors for being physically active, especially as these factors related to managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and pain. When physically active, participants felt stronger, healthier, and more energetic. 
• Regular physical activity is also good for the brain. People who do simple exercises like brisk walking on a regular basis are better able to make decisions than people who aren't physically active. 
• High exercisers, such as those who do intense walking for at least three times a week, had more frequent stable or improved cognition over five years than did low or no exercise elderly. 

So, to all the elderly people, given these major benefits of exercise, will you engage in exercise now? 

Here are some tips on how you can increase physical activity, if you are inactive at present, or maintain a fit lifestyle if you are already active.

1. Ask you doctor if you are in doubt when getting started with your exercise.  
2. Begin slowly if you are not active at the moment. Start with exercise that you are comfortable doing. Walking, for example, is a good starting exercise. 
3. Health experts recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activities on most days. Activities can be broken up throughout the day. You can try walking for 15 minutes twice a day or 10 minutes thrice a day, if you can't do it continuously. 
4. Exercise with a partner or a group of friends. Walking your dog can also help motivate and maintain your habit.
5. Do gardening or other household chores when at home. 
6. Try dancing, swimming or any activity of your interest. What matters is to choose an activity that can be both enjoyable and good for you.
7. Play with children.
8. Drink plenty of fluids while engaging in physical activities. 

Thus, to all the elderly, make being fit part of your everyday life!

For more information about food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; Trunkline: 837-2071 local 2296 or 2287; Telephone/Fax No.: 837-3164; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Charina A. Javier, FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service)


Feature: You can cope with diabetes

Just recently, my aunt suffered gastric pains which she blamed on eating buko salad, Indian mango and ice cream all at the same time.  

According to my cousins, this happens whenever she eats cold foods. They usually did not mind. All they had to do was to inject her with a pain reliever to ease the pain.

But that day was different. Her usual remedy did not take effect. She was rushed to the nearest hospital. After initial tests on her blood sample, the doctor said that her blood sugar shot up to a high level. 
 
Gastrointestinal (GI) tract problems have not been traditionally associated with diabetes and its complications. For this reason, patients go undiagnosed. The entire GI tract, however can be affected by diabetes from the oral cavity to the large bowel region. Thus, the symptom complex that may be experienced can vary widely and may include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (Wolosin, J.D. and Edelman, S. E. 2000. Diabetes and the Gastrointestinal Tract. Clinical Diabetes. Vol. 18 No. 4). 

Is she diabetic? No one believed that she could be one. Diabetes is not common to the family. There I was convincing them that it can really be diabetes and will intensify if the doctor’s prescriptions and recommended lifestyle changes at the same time, are ignored.

Accustomed to eating rich and tasty foods, she is now teaching herself to eat plain dishes little by little. Now, her diet is mainly grilled, boiled or steamed. Besides eating healthy, she was advised to be active and to regularly check her blood sugar.  

She is still in the process of familiarizing herself to what I think will be a permanent change. With the help and support of all the people around her, I hope that she fights and survives this lifestyle disease.  

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. E-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call: 837-2071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Michael E. Serafico, FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)


Feature: Pinoys need to eat more calcium - rich food

The 2003 National Nutrition Survey (NNS) of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) revealed that Filipinos have an average per capita adequacy intake for calcium of 57.1 percent only. Only about more than half of calcium’s daily requirement is being met.  

The survey further revealed that less than half or 49 percent of the 0-5 year old children have milk in their diet, and that milk consumption dramatically decreases as they grow older.  

Although milk is not the only source of calcium, low milk consumption could partly be a reason of low calcium intake among Filipino children.  

A Formative Research on Milk by the FNRI in the late 1990’s revealed that one of the reasons for low milk consumption was its high cost such that low income families could not afford it on a regular basis. 

Milk is one of the rich natural sources of calcium which is largely responsible for attaining and maintaining strong bones and teeth.  

Milk contains important nutrients needed for growth and development, like protein that builds and repairs muscle tissues.
It also provides Vitamin B12 that helps build red blood cells and carry oxygen from the lungs to the working muscles, as well as Vitamin B2 or riboflavin essential in converting food energy.  

Milk is not only an infant food but a nutritious beverage for all because it contributes a significant 47% of calcium and 32% of vitamin A in the diet.

Studies have also shown that increased dietary calcium from daily food sources like milk and milk products may have a greater impact on bone density than that achieved by calcium supplements.  

Poor bone growth and development during childhood can lead to osteoporosis in later life.

Given the nutritional benefits from milk, it is therefore imperative to promote its consumption to all ages particularly among school children.  

It would be more beneficial if some of the reasons cited for low milk consumption, like high cost could also be addressed.  

This may be in the form of milk supplementation program in elementary schools or tapping cheaper and practical sources of milk, such as carabao and goat raising for milk.

Other foods rich in calcium should likewise be promoted, such as small fishes like dilis, sardines, clams and oysters and green leafy vegetables.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax no.: 837-2934, 837-2071 local 2295; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph; mar v capanzana@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri.gov.ph. (Regina M. Pagaspas, FNRI-DOST S&T MEDIA SERVICE)

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Gov’t to distribute 700 land titles to poor landless people in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte

BUTUAN CITY (21 January) - The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has projected to distribute at least 700 land titles to poor landless people in Butuan City and Agusan del Norte this year. 

Acting Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Eleazar Quinto directed all regional, provincial and community environment offices to redouble their effort in assisting the poor people on the “Handog Titulo” program, especially those indigenous people (IPs) in the countryside. 

“Handog Titulo” is part of the government’s poverty alleviation program to landless people. 

Last year, the Butuan City CENRO office distributed more than 700 land titles. 

“Our target this year is the same figure or more,” said Butuan CENR officer Jaime Acebu. 

Giving land to landless will encourage the poor people and IPs to be self-sufficient thereby, increasing their productivity, added CENR Officer Acebu. 

Meanwhile, at least 3.512 million hectares of land were distributed to protect the welfare of the indigenous people since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed office in 2001. 

Of this number, 3.5 million hectares were distributed through 141 approved certificates of ancestral domain while 12,000 hectares were distributed through 238 approved certificates of ancestral land. 

On the other hand, at least 1.84 million hectares of land were also distributed under the government's agrarian reform program, during her term posting an increase of 244.16 percent over 523,000 hectares that were distributed from 1998 to 2000, it was gathered. 

It was also gathered that about 974,265 hectares were distributed from Jan. 2001 to Sept. 2009 from private land-owners while 867,844 hectares were government land. (muc/PIA-Caraga) 
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Medical caravan treats 200 inmates in Agusan del Sur

PATIN-AY, PROSPERIDAD, AGUSAN DEL SUR (21 January)
- At least 200 inmates have benefited from the free medical, dental, and minor surgical caravan of the provincial government early this week. 

The caravan was spearheaded by Governor Maria Valentina G. Plaza and Vice Gov. Santiago B. Cane held at the Mess Hall of the Provincial Correctional Services Office of the province. 

The health care caravan is a continuous activity of the province to bring the government closer to the people. Dubbed as “Serbisyong Pangkalusugan Para sa Katawhan”, this provides free medical services to the Agusanons, especially the indigents. 

The immediate inmates' family members, who at that time of the caravan were at the prison, also provided with free medical check-up and medicines. 

The inmate beneficiaries, through Provincial Warden Gilbert O. Ga, expressed their gratitude for the provision of medical services, including the bloodletting activity. 

Meanwhile, some 18,878 residents Agusan del Sur have benefited from the free health program of Gov. Plaza held in different municipalities last year. 

The health care caravan is in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Army (402nd Brigade, 26th IB, 54th Engineering Brigade, 11th Regional Community Defense Group, 103rd Community Defense Group), socio-civic organizations, Philippine Dental Association (PDA), Association of Municipal Health Officers of Agusan del Sur chapter, municipal and barangay officials. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: LASBUENASCAR Awarding, gipahigayon sa Buenavista

BUTUAN CITY (21 January) – Malampusong gipahigayon ang makasaysayang pagtunol sa stewardship certificate ngadto sa mga benipisyaryong mag-uuma ilalom sa 1st Co-Management Sub-Agreement Awarding Ceremony niadtong (Enero 20), didto sa JP Satorre Gym, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

Makahulugan ang awarding diin gia-pod apod ang sertipiko sa LASBUENASCAR Sustainable Agro-Forestry Development Project-LSAFDP uban sa koordinasyon gikan sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources-DENR pinanguluhan ni PENRO Rosendo B. Asunto isip representante ni Regional Executive Dir. Edilberto Buiser kinsa Co-Chair sa LSAFDP.

Gipaabot ni Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante ang mensahe pinaagi kang Provincial Administrator Percianita Racho ang dakong kalipay nga natuman ang paghatag sa stewardship certificate ngadto sa mga nabenipisyuhan sa proyekto.

Didto sab ang lokal nga kagamhanan pinangunahan ni Buenavista Mayor Hon. Francisco Y. Chan Jr, Vice Mayor Ramon Bungabong, Board Member Aquino Gamby, BM James Reserva, Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga Regional Director Constancio Maghanoy, mga representante sa nagkalain-laing ahensya sa gobyerno, opisyales sa kabarangayan ug mga trival lider.

Si Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) Rosendo Asunto, mipadayag sa dakong suporta alang sa padayon nga adbokasiya sa pagpanalipod sa kina-iyahan ug pagmintenar sa proteksyun sa kalasangan diin ang mga mag-uuma ang nakadawat sa ilang steward certificate gikan sa paningkamot sa DENR ug mga opisyales sa gobyerno lakip na kang Gob. Amante.

Gibutyag nga 112 ka mga mag-uuma ang nahatagan sa award sa gihimong 1st Co-Management Sub-Agreement ceremony sa LSAFDP.

Midugang pod si LSAFDP-Program Manager Mr. Alex Garay sa mainitong pagpadayag sa pagpasalamat sa mga mitambong ug pagpaningkamot sa mga technical working group, probinsyal ug lokal nga kagamhanan, mga ahensya sa gobyerno nga nahatagan sa katumanan nga maangkon ang management agreement awards ngadto sa mga mag-uuma sa Agusan del Norte.

Pinaagi sa kasunduan sa DENR tali sa Provincial Government sa Agusan del Norte kang Gob. Amante sa usa ka Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) niadtong June 27, 2007 subay sa pagpaningkamot naaprobahan ang maong certificate of steward sa mga mag-uuma. (Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)


4.8 magnitude quake rocks Surigao del Sur

A 4.8 MAGNITUDE earthquakes early Tuesday nightrocked Surigao del Sur.

However, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Caraga region reported Wednesday that no one was hurt or damage so far even as the Caraga Region Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) is still monitoring the effect of the evening earthquake.

The 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck Surigao del Sur 6:33 p.m. Tuesday.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) said the underseatremor occurred about 120 kilometers.

The latest tremor came four days after a 5.3 magnitudeinland quake also shook Davao areas.

Last month, two minor tremors also took place in the Caraga region.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. (PNA)
 

No. of Caraga flood victims rise to 47,841: floodwaters submerge 10 villages in AGSUR

FLOOD VICTIMS in various parts of Caraga region rose to 8, 353 families or 47,841 individuals, the office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported Wednesday.

The OCD also reported that massive rescue operations for flood victims are being held in 10 villages in Agusan del Sur town.

OCD said rescue and relief teams from Agusan del Sur municipal disaster councils were deployed Wednesday to rescue several families trapped in flood waters in Barangays Dona Maxima; Nuevo Trabajo; FMR, Dona Flavia; Pagusi; Dimasalang; Sebang; Culi; Macopahan and StaFrancisco town.

Floodwaters already submerged the bridge between Nuevo Trabajo and Sta. Ines, both in San Luis townmaking it difficult to transport relief goods in the area, the OCD report said.

Rains due to northeast monsoon also hampering relief and rescue efforts in flooded areas, OCD said.

The report also said that the number flooded barangays already went to 57 in various parts of the region, particularly in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Dinagat Islands.
The biggest number of flood victims are in Agusan del Sur with 7, 428 families or 34,212 individuals. In Prosperidad and San Francisco towns, also in the said province, the flooding affected at least3,576 families or 14, 358 individuals, respectively, OCD said.

“ The Concentration of massive rescue and relief operations are in affected areas in Agusan del Sur province” said Northeastern Mindanao OCD Regional Director Dr. Blance T. Gobenciong.

She said the rescue for 220 families who were victims of landslide, also are being done in areas of R. Ecleo, Valencia and Cabongbongan in Dinagat Islands province.

Government agencies placed at P10 million the initial damages on infrastructures such as roads, bridges, slope protection, wharf and agricultural lands.

The OCD Caraga is continuing to disseminate warning advisories to all provincial and municipal disaster councils and members of Regional Disaster Coordinating Councils (RDCC) through fax and SMS.

Local government units (LGUs) in affected areas are still conducting assessment on the effect of the continous rains as well continue to monitor the rise of water in their respective areas.

The San Francisco municipality, in Agusan del Sur was already placed under a state of calamity through Sanguniang Bayan Resolution No. 04 Series of 2010 dated January 18, 2010.

Meanwhile, the National Food Authority (NFA) in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region) assured LGUs in flood and landslide-affected areas that they have readied some 500,000 bags of rice as buffer stocks. This is enough to supplythe flood victims in various areas in the region. (PNA) 

Butuan’s BOSS collects P5.1 M first week of January

IN JUST A WEEK’S TIME, the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) of the City of the City government of Butuan already registered a collection amounting to P5.19 million and a total assessment of P23.70 million.

The operation of the city’s BOSS started January 04, 2010 at the City Hall lobby.
BOSS is a special program of the city government for new and renewal of business registration in one location.

Clients need not go back and forth from one agency to another since all involve agencies like the Social Security System (SSS), Philhealth, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Chamber of Commerce and Industry have their individual transaction table at city hall to immediately cater to the clients needs and requirements .

The City Treasurer’s Office acts as the primary lead of BOSS through the City Permit/Licensing and City Assessor’s Office equally play important roles in improved revenue collection for the city government.

A consolidated business permit application form (new/renewal) has been instituted by the City Permits/Licensing Office.

Forms are readily available on entering the building. The information counter is equipped with personnel ready to handle queries, complaints and assistance to customers making the taxpayers at ease thus, shortened the entire transaction in a couple of minutes. 

Hot coffee is available to waiting clients.

The installation of computer technology in the city government offices through BOSS paved the way to an improved client satisfaction, increased revenue collection as compared in the past years likewise cuts on red tape. (PNA)