Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Power of 1000 Days in Nutrition

(Friday, 25th of June 2021)

 

Iligan City – In celebration of Nutrition month this coming July, the Committee on Health, headed by Councilor Lamberto “Macky” S. Macapagal Jr., in partnership with the City Health Office, is working on the Power of 1000 Days in Nutrition, a project focusing on pregnant women and their children as presented in a City Nutrition Committee Meeting on June 24.

For the lifetime health of a human being, the first 1000 days (270 days of pregnancy, 365 days for year one, and another 365 days for year two of the child) leave an impression on the formation of healthy tissues, organ structure, and function. The brain develops at its fastest throughout the last trimester of pregnancy, with the first 1000 days providing the best chance for proper development. These first 1000 days of life set us up for a lifetime of excellent health. This period is associated with rapid physical growth and mental development, providing a once-in-a-lifetime chance to develop long-term health and intellect. Providing the appropriate combination of nutrients to newborns throughout their first 1000 days helps them avoid illnesses and allows their developing minds and bodies to reach their full potential.

The significance of the First 1000 days was underlined by Dir. Bhagwani of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). He also emphasized the necessity of population management and productivity in terms of contributing to our community, as well as the growth in the number of unwanted children as a result of young adults’ lack of responsibility and education.

With the assistance of DOST, DepEd will build a central kitchen to be able to provide healthy and freshly cooked meals inside the Iligan City National High School property, complete with facilities for the preparation of hot meals. There is also a supply of fresh milk available for school children. Other projects for the Nutrition Program include the Supplementary Feeding and Milk Feeding Program for severely underweight children. During the meeting, the concept of backyard gardening for the nutrition program was also proposed with the help of the City Agriculture Office.

In connection to this, the LGU aims to provide a clinic in the City Hall and a Lactation Area for the employees of the city hall.

 

– Kristoff S. / Web – CIO

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