VIGAN CITY – Officials of this World Heritage City recognize and appreciate the essence of nutrition in a healthy and disaster resilient community.
This was the gist of the welcome message of Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina which was read by Councilor Kristen Figuerres during the 4th Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholars Congress which was held at the Vigan City Convention Center on September 19, 2014.
Around 1,000 Barangay Nutrition Scholars from the different provinces and cities in the region participated in the said Congress which was spearheaded by the LUPANG Ilocos BNS Federation Inc. in partnership with the National Nutrition Council – Region I headed by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen B. Blanco.
Medina said that in the ensuing years, she continuously strengthened the city’s nutrition programs as one of the cornerstones of her administration by initiating the organization of the city nutrition committee with her as the head and whose membership includes six representatives from the civil society. The committee went on to craft a nutrition plan that guide them to become the consistent regional outstanding winner in nutrition or the crown of the Ilocos; and sustain the people’s nutritional status through vigilant, sensitive and responsive approaches.
“The strategies include information and education, emphasizing the need of the human body for numerous nutrients to attain good health. We championed the breastfeeding advocacy through breastfeeding rooms in the city hall and the public market; supplementary feeding, planting of vegetables and fruitbearing trees in backyards of families with malnourished children; and body mass index monitoring for students and city employees,” she said.
Medina said that a local government unit can never succeed minus a healthy and physically fit constituency; that is why they adhere to healthy lifestyle and strive to serve as examples of well nourished individuals.
“This way, we make sure that we are fit to serve our constituents and most of all, care for God’s gift of life to us,” said Medina.
Blanco said that the Congress is an activity of the LUPANG Ilocos BNS Federation Inc. in partnership with the NNC – Region I which is aimed to update and equip the BNSs to sustain efficient and effective delivery of basic nutrition services to address hunger and malnutrition in their respective areas.#
The theme for this year”s Congress: “LUPang Ilocos D/CNPCs and BNSs: Together in Building Bridges and Overcoming Challenges”.#