By Jomo Kwame Sundaram
The world has a nutrition problem. Though great strides have been made toward the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries, the problem remains persistent, pervasive and complex. After all, the issue goes beyond merely providing more food; effective efforts to reduce undernourishment must ensure that people have access to enough of the right types of food—those that give them the nutrients they need to live healthy, productive lives.
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.
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) […]
“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.
By Aleta C. Domdom
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.