Did you know that we celebrate Food Conservation Month in January; Heart Month and National Arts Month in February; Fire Prevention Month, National Women’s Month, and Tax Consciousness Month in March; Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa and National Lung Month in August; National Science Club Month in September; National Children’s Month and Consumer Welfare Month in October; and Filipino Values Month in November? Did I forget a month? Oh, yes! So, what are we celebrating this month? Oh my gulay, it’s Nutrition Month!
Essay Example on What Is Nutrition Month
By virtue of Presidential Decree 491 (aka Nutrition Act of the Philippines), the National Nutrition Council is spearheading this nationwide celebration, now in its 38th year, that carries this very meaty theme: Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain. The 38th Nutrition Month celebration underscores the importance of vegetables to increase vegetable consumption as part of a healthy diet to address micronutrient deficiencies and non-communicable diseases, promote vegetable gardening as a source of additional food and income, and increase demand for vegetables to help local vegetable farmers.
Nutrition Month focuses on vegetables for several reasons: Filipinos are eating less and less vegetables. From 145 grams per day in 1978, consumption has decreased to 110 grams per day in 2008. In terms of age groups, children six months to five years old consumed only a little amount of vegetables. Studies show that among the reasons for low vegetable consumption are: influence of family members who do not eat vegetables, dislike for vegetables because of taste and texture, cultural beliefs about vegetables, cost, preparation time, and fear of chemicals.
In eating such vegetables, we can get nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, E as well as potassium, folic acid, iron, and calcium. In eating vegetables, we can get health benefits unlike other foods; and the following are the benefits that we can get. Vegetables as part of a healthy diet can help prevent major non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Consumption of vegetables can help prevent micronutrient deficiencies.
Vegetables ensure an adequate intake of most micronutrients, dietary fibers, and a host of essential non-nutrient substances. Eating vegetables may help decrease bone loss as vegetables decrease the amount of calcium excreted in the urine. It may help lower calorie intake and thus help in maintaining healthy weight because vegetables are low in calories and do not contain cholesterol. Vegetables contain antioxidants and protectants such as carotenoids, lycopene, and phytochemicals, which can help strengthen the immune system, reduce the risk of diseases, and contribute to well-being.
Our school, Our Lady of Caysasay Academy, first celebrated Nutrition Month which had certain contests for us students that we really enjoyed. Contests like The Making of the Nutri-Board, by section, which will be divided into 2 groups and will compete for the representative of the class and the other contest was Veggie Fest, which is also by section, wherein, 3 representatives will be picked to cook a certain dish that will test our creativity. For Grade 7, the dish given to them is Vegetable Salad; sophomore, Malunggay Dish; Junior, Chop Suey; and for the seniors, their own and original dish.
Well, I’ll just mention the places that we’ve got. For the Nutri-Board, even though the other group won, I’m still grateful that they got the first place. And for the Veggie Fest, we earned the second place. It is our first time to celebrate it, I can say that it’s a success and we had a lot of fun. There are certain students who won and who didn’t, but whatever happens, we accepted reality. We still have the next year to further make a lot of practice and such to really win. I’m hoping that our school will still celebrate it next year, for it is such a wonderful experience. .