Creating small ripples in community nutrition

MALNUTRITION remains an important concern in various communities in Davao City and efforts to address this must remain consistent.

MEMBERS of the Global Shapers Davao Hub

MEMBERS of the Global Shapers Davao Hub

This is according to Marlinda Sacay, barangay nutrition scholar and president of the Talomo Central District of the nutrition division of the Davao City Health Office.

Sacay, who has worked for almost two decades in her community, said that while the number of malnourished kids have decreased over the years, her health team in the barangay can never be too complacent.

She said that they always have to be on their toes because the while the numbers are low, health conditions of kids can never be underestimated. She said that of the estimated 5,000 kids in barangay 75-a, Matina Aplaya, 200 are stunted and some 82 kids are malnourished. The population of the barangay is currently at 34,693.

MARLINDA Sacay (center) and her team of barangay health officers

MARLINDA Sacay (center) and her team of barangay health officers

Her team push for efforts on educating parents to opt for breastfeeding and preparing healthy meals for their kids. The barangay is also supporting initiatives like deworming and giving of vitamins on regular schedules, monitoring kids’ weights and conditions around the clock.

Every week, pregnant women in the community are also given consultations.

In an effort to contribute to efforts on health in the community, the Davao hub of the Global Shapers Community held a nutrition workshop for mothers a children last October 21 in the Matina Aplaya Gym.

During the activity, a popup nutrition clinic was mounted that provided nutrition assessment by registered dietitians and doctors. An interactive activity with the kids from the barangay was also held to make them familiar with the Pinggang Pinoy, which details recommended food intake, and the the go, grow, and glow foods. The kids were also treated to an afternoon of games and nutritious food.

AN INTERACTIVE activity on nutrition and food with the barangay 75-a kids

AN INTERACTIVE activity on nutrition and food with the barangay 75-a kids

“The objective of this activity is to promote healthy food choices and practices to the community,” said Dianna Marisse Santiago, Global Shapers Davao hub curator. Community partners Lara Mia Café & Bistro, Infosoft Studio, Gourmet Tuyo ni GUS, and Olivia & Diego supported the event.

In line with World Food Day last October 16, Santiago’s group is also running a social media campaign called #FlatlaysThatMatter. The campaign, which encourages smartphone users to take photos of empty plates—showing fully consumed meals with no food left–aims to raise awareness about wasted food and how this can be reduced.

“Simple changes such as getting enough food for yourself or eating everything on your plate can avoid unnecessary food waste,” Santiago said. Follow the conversation in the Global Shapers Davao Hub Facebook Page.

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