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Fit to serve

The program’s name may sound a bit silly, but the Department of Health’s newest internal endeavor packs more merit than meets the ear and is one enterprise all government offices might as well undertake—seriously. The concept is not exactly a DOH original; other entities, public and private, have applied it, albeit off-and-on, in many pasts and forms. Taken with even just half the level of sustained dedication and discipline that public service strictly and rightly demands, there’s no question both government agencies and employees would immensely profit from this investment not only in terms of a healthy body but also in terms of a wholesome public impression.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Nutrition composition of plant-and animal-based foods (per 500 calories of energy)

Nutrient                      Plant-based foods*        Animal-based foods** Cholesterol (mg)            –                      137 Fat (g)                              4                      36 Protein (g)                          33                     34 Beta carotene (mcg)                   29,919                 17 Dietary fiber (g)                     31                     – Vitamin C (mg)                 [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

PH becoming ‘a nation of pygmies’

“Next generation of Pinoys will be shorter, says study” (Inquirer, 7/21/12) was the saddest news that came out in the weeks of outlandish, optimistic reports and predictions about the national economy. It tells us that because of failed policies, our country is becoming a nation of pygmies.

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Infant-feeding policies in PH

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MOTHERS of newly born babies practice breast-feeding at the  neonatal ICU of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila. EDWIN BACASMAS

The Philippine population rose to 92.34 million in 2010, growing annually by 1.9 percent over the past decade, the National Statistics Office recently announced.

Posted: May 26th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Allow donations of milk products during disasters

I am writing to you in behalf of our organization, Women Involved in Nation-Building (WIN), to express our sentiments in connection with the recent report of Unicef concerning malnutrition in areas hit by Tropical Storm “Sendong.”

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Pebbles and diamonds

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“This is a real treasure,” Northwestern University’s Christopher Kuzawa told the Inquirer. The anthropologist meant a research project that tracked 3,327 Filipinas and their 3,080 children in 33 Metro Cebu barangay for over 28 years now.

Posted: December 19th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Milk machine’ hailed for persistence

Kudos to the Inquirer for coming out with the article “Confessions of a milk machine.” (Inquirer, 6/15/11) Its message was in line with the Nutrition Month theme for this year: “Isulong ang Breastfeeding—Tama, Sapat at Eksklusibo!” We hope to see more articles about breastfeeding and nutrition in the Inquirer. We noted with concern the difficulties [...]

Posted: June 28th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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