In this fast-paced world where everything changes, we are beset with lifestyle-related diseases that are preventable. Related to this, the National Nutrition Surveys (NNS) of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) reveal that through the years, the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including hypercholesterolemia as well as micronutrient deficiencies like calcium deficiency continuously increase.[pq]Hypercholesterolemia or having high levels of cholesterol is a risk factor to cardio-vascular diseases.[/pq]
Calcium deficiency, on the other hand, predisposes a person to osteoporosis that weakens and makes bones brittle. Recognizing that both diseases are preventable, the FNRI-DOST and Del Monte Phils. Inc, (DMPI) join hands in pushing the health smart advocacy.
The public-private partnership advocacy aims to educate people on bone and heart health. The collaboration also advocates for calcium deficiency prevention, overall health maintenance and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
The partnership officially kicked off with a press launch of the Health Smart Advocacy on September 30, 2014 at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel.
The FNRI, as the government’s lead agency in food and nutrition research will discuss two topics during the press launch. These are: (a) Risk Factors to Non-Communicable Diseases in the Philippines based on the 2013 nutrition survey and (b) the “Role of Calcium on Bone Health”.[pq]The FNRI envisions achieving a healthier Filipino citizenry through accurate data and correct information.[/pq]
Likewise, FNRI’s Nutrition Communication Network (NUTRICOMNET) will hold media fora on heart and bone health to multiply the effect of the said advocacy to the different regions of the country. These will be held in Tuguegarao City for Region 2, Zamboanga City for Region 9 and Legaspi City for Region 7. The network is a linkage of regional and provincial mass media organizations and government information officers on food and nutrition promotion.
The FNRI and Del Monte share a commitment to achieve a healthier and a more informed Filipino citizenry, through a public-private partnership.
For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph . Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow our Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST
– Ma. Susana O. Encarnacion