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PIA Press Release
2009/06/29

FNRI-DOST advices public to practice healthy lifestyle

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

Butuan City (June 29) -- The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) advices the public to practice a healthy lifestyle to stay healthy and live longer, held recently during the 6th NUTRICOMNET Media Forum of FNRI-DOST at NORMISIST Campus, Ampayon, this city.

The 10th message of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) states that "For a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition, exercise regularly, do not smoke and avoid drinking alcoholic beverages".

This health advice is not only to prevent chronic degenerative diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and cancer but is also helpful in preventing osteoporosis.

NGF was developed by the technical working group of health and nutrition professionals led by the FNRI-DOST.

According to Dr. Zenaida Narciso, Chief Science Research Specialist and Officer-in-charge in the Office of the Deputy Director of FNRI-DOST, there are simple tips to follow for a healthier lifestyle.

"Increase consumption of vegetables particularly leafy and yellow vegetables like alugbati, saluyot, malunggay, kamote tops, kankong or fresh salads; eat at least 2-3 servings of fruits, these are rich sources of vitamin C, beta-carotene and potassium; also limit consumption of fatty foods especially those from animal sources; eat breakfast that is high complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, rootcrops, whole grain cereals, and bread; avoid excessive intake of sugar and salt," Dr. Narciso added.

FNRI-DOST is hoping that the general public would follow the simple tips towards a healthy lifestyle. (PIA-Caraga with reports from FNRI-DOST) [top]

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