By Roi Lomotan
This year’s observance of National Nutrition Month in Negros Oriental is a call for the public to complement healthy diet with an active lifestyle to avoid chronic diseases.
Dr. Liland Estacion, the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, cited in a Kapihan sa PIA forum yesterday that chronic diseases can manifest in the younger age group of the population.
This, she said, can be avoided if they would practice an active lifestyle and eating the basic ‘go, grow, and glow’ foods in minimal amount.
“Kung kulang ta ug exercise, diha na magsugod ang mga chronic disease like hypertension, diabietes, ug kanang heart diseases. Karon bata pa gani naa nay mangayo nako ug Metformin, Losartan, ug Amlodipine. Kani sila tanan ‘go go away’ kung naa ta proper exercise every day (Chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and heart diseases can happen if we don’t exercise regularly. Right now, even young people are asking for metformin, losartan, and amlodipine. These can be avoided if we exercise regularly),” Estacion said.
Amlodipine and Losartan are used to treat high blood pressure while metformin is used for treating high blood sugar.
“Kinahanglan gyud ta exercise every day (we need to exercise everyday) and we eat the three groups of food – go, grow, and glow in minimal amount,” she added.
Estacion also warned working professionals on the risks of prolonged sitting.
Dumaguete City Sports and Youth Development Officer Ike Villaflores, in the same forum, explained the risks of a sedentary activity.
Villaflores said the gluteal muscles which make up the buttocks hold the spine and if these muscles are not exercised, it would slowly waste away.
This would weaken the body’s posture and balance and would put more weight on the knees.
In effect, the knees will feel pain in the long run and it will be hard to do physical activities.
Villaflores said the City Government of Dumaguete through his office offers a physical fitness program for the youth and adults so they will be encouraged to adopt an active lifestyle.
“So ang atoang city government, naa mi gitawag namo na physical fitness program every afternoon. This is for everybody. Every afternoon from Monday to Saturday, naa tay after office healthy dancing program diha sa Quezon Park and Boulevard. Libre na. Walay bayad (We have a healthy dancing program every Monday to Saturday at Quezon Park and Boulevard. This is free of charge),” he said.
Aside from this, the City Sports and Youth Development Office also holds Play and Learn Activity every Saturday afternoon at Quezon Park which is a family-based sports program conducted in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission.
“Encourage your office workers. Spend lang ta ug time. Exercise gamay (Encourage your office workers to spend time for exercise),” Villaflores said.
The 2019 Nutrition Month celebration banners the theme “Kumain ng wasto at maging aktibo… Push natin to!”
The National Nutrition Council (NNC), in its website, explained that this campaign seeks to reduce stunting and overweight and obesity among Filipinos and the incidence of non-communicable diseases in the country.
Apart from this, the campaign also encourages every Filipino to take the 1-2-3 challenge which is to have one hour or more of physical activity every day, reduce screen time to two hours or less each day, and eat the three food groups every day for variety.