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DOST media forum at PIA 8 tackles results of 7th national survey on food consumption

Tacloban City (November 11) -- The FNRI-DOST Media Forum scheduled on November 16 at the PIA Regional Office 8 will push through despite the day being a holiday, PIA 8 Director Olive Tiu informed.

It would be recalled that the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the Department of Science and Technology Region 8 is set to conduct a monitoring visit and media forum for the provinces of Leyte and Eastern Samar on November 16 and 18, respectively.

On November 16, a Media Forum will be conducted at the PIA Regional Office 8 from 9:00 o'clock to 11:00 o'clock in the morning.

DOST 8 Director Edgardo M. Esperancilla informed that among the topics that will be discussed is the presentation of the results of the 7th National Survey on Food Consumption which alarmingly revealed low level of fruits and vegetables.

Another issue is the promotion of vegetable consumption and the importance of giving complementary foods in line with the 2010 Nutrition Month theme.

The Media Forum will provide local media and information officers of Region VIII with knowledge on food and nutrition research and technology concerns.

It would be recalled that the same activity which was also held at the PIA Regional Office was cited by Director Esperancilla as a very successful one.

The activities for the July Nutrition Month celebration were anchored on the theme "Sa Pagkaing Tama at Sapat, Wastong Timbang ni Baby ang Katapat."

This year's theme underscores the importance of complementary feeding as a strategy in the fight versus malnutrition in infant and young children.

Survey results show that many infants six-months old and above suffer from malnutrition because of inadequate amount and inferior quality of food, wrong method of feeding, and sickness and infection.

Complementary feeding is giving other foods in addition to breastmilk. The gradual shift from breastmilk to solid foods is a transition period that begins after an infant reaches six months of age and continues until the age of two years or more.

When breastmilk is no longer enough to meet the nutritional needs of the infant, complementary foods should be added to the diet of the child. The transition from exclusive breastfeeding to family foods, referred to as complementary feeding, typically covers the period from 6 to 18-24 months of age, and is a very vulnerable period.

It is the time when malnutrition starts in many infants, contributing significantly to the high prevalence of malnutrition in children under five years of age world-wide. WHO estimates that 2 out of 5 children are stunted in low-income countries.

Complementary feeding should be timely, meaning that all infants should start receiving foods in addition to breastmilk from 6 months onwards. It should be adequate, meaning that the nutritional value of complementary foods should parallel at least that of breastmilk. Foods should be prepared and given in a safe manner, meaning that measures are taken to minimize the risk of contamination with pathogens. And they should be given in a way that is appropriate, meaning that foods are of appropriate texture and given in sufficient quantity. (PIA 8) [top]

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