2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos

1. Eat a variety of foods everyday to get the nutrients needed by the body.

2. Breastfeed infants exclusively from birth up to 6 months then give appropriate complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond for optimum growth and development.

3. Eat more vegetables and fruits everyday to get the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber for regulation of body processes.

4. Consume fish, lean meat, poultry, egg, dried beans or nuts daily for growth and repair of body tissues.

5. Consume milk, milk-products, and other calcium-rich foods, such as small fish and shellfish, everyday for healthy bones and teeth.

6. Consume safe foods and water to prevent diarrhea and other food and water-borne diseases.

7. Use iodized salt to prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorders.

8. Limit intake of salty, fried, fatty and sugar-rich foods to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

9. Attain normal body weight through proper diet and moderate physical activity to maintain good health and help prevent obesity.

10. Be physically active, make healthy food choices, manage stress, avoid alcoholic beverages and do not smoke to help prevent lifestyle-related non communicable diseases.